There was just the one semi-final today in Doha and it was another cracker! Petra Kvitova extended her winning streak to 12 with a come-from-behind victory over the world number one, Caroline Wozniacki, 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5 in two hours and 35 minutes. Kvitova rallied from a set and a break down, and Wozniacki twice failed to serve out the match at *5-4 and *6-5 in the second set.
I started making a cake at the end of the first set because I felt like this match was going to be over in two! The Czech player was committing a lot of unforced errors and Wozniacki was typically solid. Never write off the Petra – her ability to snap into form is staggering! Wozniacki perhaps relaxed a tad and didn’t do enough trying to serve out the match. Kvitova roared into contention and played a fantastic second set tiebreak.
It was a good match that definitely peaked at the end. Kvitova needed two attempts to close out the match with Wozniacki thwarting her at the first instance with an excellent return game. Second time around Kvitova served it out to 15. Words aren’t enough to describe Petra’s amazingness. This has been an inspiring run and so it goes on…
Sunday’s final is set
The Doha singles final will be played at not before 6pm local time (3pm UK time) between Kvitova and Garbiñe Muguruza. Kvitova has a good record against Muguruza and has won three of their four previous clashes. Common sense would suggest Muguruza takes this as the fresher of the pair and having a day off. However, I tend to think Kvitova’s just in the zone, confidence is sky high and she will keep on fighting. I’m going for Petra…
Dubai main draw is out 🔥
The Dubai main draw has thrown up some stunning first round matches including Kvitova vs. Kontaveit, Mladenovic vs. Osaka, Kerber vs. Strycova, Konta vs. Pavlyuchenkova, Radwanska vs, Kasatkina, Garcia vs. Safarova and Mertens vs. Bellis. Take me there…
Laura Siegemund on the comeback
Laura Siegemund is back on court – primed for a return during the clay court season I guess?
My Tennis Life with Lucie
And finally, check out the latest episode of Lucie’s feature with Tennis Channel. Love this! 😍