Ostapenko extends his winning streak in Doha; Garcia fires ex-champion Halep

Dubai champion, Yelena Ostapenko, is in Doha. The New world number 13 He scored his sixth consecutive win in the Middle East 6-4, 6-2 in the first round over France’s Ocean Dudin on Tuesday at the Qatar Total Energies Open.

Ostapenko, the 15th seed and a previous finalist in Doha, didn’t have everything she wanted against the French qualifier and the 93rd seed in the world. Dodin led 3-0, with a double-break advantage, in the opening game before Ostapenko won four straight games to steal the set.

She switched level by the time the 82-minute match was over – she landed 66% of her first serve and hit eight aces – while a slew of break opportunities helped her cause. In all, Ostapenko had 17 break points for Dudin, and she broke six times.

turning pointIn particular, the last three matches of Group A were among the most competitive. Dudin earned a point for 5-3 on serve before Ostapenko returned to tie 4-4, and Latvia saved four break points in the next five-a-side match to take their first lead in the match.

She ultimately needed five set points to win the set in a giant 10th match, in which Dodin also took a point for 5-5.

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next one: After sending off an aggressive baseline in her first match, another waits for Ostapenko in her second match. And if she wants to win her seventh in a row, she will need to beat American Amanda Anisimova, who won straight sets against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maya on Sunday. The two never played

Garcia beat Halep for only the second time

For her place in the second round, Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia defeated Simona Halep for only the second time in nine professional encounters.

Highlights: Garcia Dave. Halep

The current world number 76 and top 5 former player found some of her best form in recent seasons in a 6-4 6-3 victory over the 2014 Doha champion and former world number one, her first all-time win. Face to face in more than four years.

Photo by Paul Zimmer / Qatar Total Energy Open

Serving is the key: Garcia managed to overcome difficult conditions at the central stadium in Doha and avoided all potential dangers in the serve. Both players had nine match break points but it was Garcia who saved every one she faced, allowing her one-on-one break in each set to stand out over the course of 93 minutes. It has also had 30 winners against 14 haleps.

Words from the winner“It was a very good match on my part,” said Garcia. “It was very difficult with the wind and the cold weather.. and against Simona, it’s always a big fight against her.”

“Today, I was very happy to stay very aggressive and positive at every point. She had a good week in Dubai last week and in Australia as well, so she is full of confidence. I didn’t win a lot of matches at the beginning of the year; it was kind of complicated for me, but all A match is a match and you have to fight from the first point to the last point. I did a very good job today and I am very happy with my performance.

“I’m working every day and I hope to get more wins, more confidence and play better… I’m very happy to be able to come back tomorrow.”

Historical confrontations: Garcia’s only win over Halep came during the best period of her career in the fall of 2017, as she won back-to-back WTA 1000 titles in Wuhan and Beijing en route to the world rankings. She beat Halep in straight sets for the trophy in Beijing, but since then, She won only two sets in their next five encounters.

It wasn’t a lack of long confrontations that turned Garcia around to win. It dates back to the beginning of 2021, losing 18 of its 20 matches against players ranked in the top 50.

Her victory over currently ranked world number 27 Halep is her second win over the top 30 of the year, after she also beat 22nd seed Jessica Pegola in Sydney. She got a rendezvous with number 14 and world number 23 Coco Gauff next, as the teen came through an all-American showdown with fellow countryman Shelby Rogers.