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Sabalenka beats Kvitova to win Qatar Open

Dubai Tennis

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka reacts after she got a point against Romania’s Simona Halep during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)


DOHA, Qatar -- Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won her sixth title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Sabalenka needed less than 75 minutes to complete the convincing win.

Kvitova beat No. 1-ranked Ashleigh Barty on Friday for the first time in more than a year to play for her second Qatar Open title. The Czech player won the 2018 final against Garbine Muguruza,

Ninth-seeded Sabalenka and eighth-seeded Kvitova are now 2-2 head-to-head.

Kvitova was playing for her 29th title and first since April.