Simona Halep wins a thrilling final in Doha after beating an outstanding Elena Rybakyina. The Romanian sensation had a superlative week, but she won 3 matches in 3 sets and that took a toll on her body. For this reason, she decided not to play the upcoming tournament in Doha to recharge on the occasion of the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami.
Aryna Sabalenka will get Simona’s place in the lower part of the draw while Misaki Doi will access the main draw as the lucky loser. Here the draw in Doha.
Simona Halep’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.2, Simona played her last match on the 22nd of February when she overcame Elena Rybakina 3-6 6-3 7-65 in the final in Dubai to win her 20th career title.
At the moment, this season Simona has a 10-2 win-loss record. Simona clinched 1 title in Dubai.
Aryna Sabalenka’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.13, the Belarussian played her last match on the 20th of February when she lost to Simona Halep 3-6 6-2 6-2 in the quarter in Dubai.
Aryna Sabalenka’s most significant result of the present year was reaching the semi-finals in Adelaide.
Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka played each other 4 times. The head to head is 3-1 for Halep.
The last time that they locked horns, Simona Halep won 3-6 6-2 6-2 in the quarter in Dubai (Dubai Duty Free Championships) on the 20th of February 2020.
Here the video highlights.
Misaki Doi’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked no.88, Doi played her last match on the 22nd of February when she surrendered to Tereza Martincova 7-5 6-1 in the qualifications in Doha.
Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka
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