Tennis: Swiatek handed Qatar semi-final walkover as Pliskova withdraws

AFP , Friday 16 Feb 2024

World number one Iga Swiatek advanced to the final of the Qatar Open on Friday without hitting a ball after her semi-final opponent Karolina Pliskova withdrew injured.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek of Poland greets spectators after winning against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their Quarter-Final Women's Singles tennis match at the Qatar WTA Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on February 15, 2024. Photo: AFP


Pliskova won the Cluj tournament in Romania last weekend but is suffering from a lower back injury, the WTA explained.

Swiatek will face either No. 3 seed Elena Rybakina or unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Pole is aiming for a third consecutive title in Doha.

Pliskova had won her last nine matches, but her first three matches in Qatar all went to a third set and she needed two tiebreaks to beat Naomi Osaka in two sets in the quarterfinals.

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