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Swiatek Handed Qatar Semi-Final Walkover As Pliskova Withdraws

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


(FILES) Poland’s Iga Swiatek serves to France’s Alize Cornet during their women’s singles tennis match on the sixth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2022. – Iga Swiatek will attempt to add the Wimbledon title to the US and French Open crowns she already possesses when the third major of the season gets underway on July 3, 2023. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / NO USE AFTER JULY 26, 2023 15:28:01 GMT – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

 

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.

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.

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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 tie breaks to beat Naomi Osaka in two sets in the quarterfinals.

AFP