Doha Quarterfinal. Elina Svitolina

Announcer Andy Taylor. Qatar Total Open 2019. Quarterfinal. Elina Svitolina def Karolina Muchova
Announcer Andy Taylor | Qatar Total Open 2019 | Photo: Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

[4/WC] Elina Svitolina -07- (UKR) def [Q] Karolina Muchova -133- (CZE) 64 62

Head to Head: First meeting between these two players.

Fact, the scoreline of this Quarterfinal doesn’t reflect today’s quality of play. Elina Svitolina had to deliver-up to 22-year-old Muchova’s momentum and surging confidence. With a 1st-Round Bye and a quick win over Jelena Ostapenko yesterday, Svitolina had to the legs to do it.

Meanwhile, Muchova already won five matches, including a pair of deciding-set qualifiers and a Round-1 win over Sam Stosur. Facing the World #7 in her first career Quarterfinal, Karolina scored a stunning break to keep set-1 alive.

But Svitolina was simply too fresh, earning a straight-sets victory to reach the Semifinals where she’ll face top-seed and 2014 Champion Simona Halep.

Quarterfinal Biography | [4/WC] Elina Svitolina -07- (UKR)

The reigning WTA Finals Champion – Last month, she reached her 4th career Grand Slam Quarterfinal at the Australian Open and returns to Doha as the #4-seed. She won 4 of her 13 WTA Singles titles last year – and on clay in Rome, earned her 6th career victory over a World #1, defeating Simona Halep to capture the Italian Open. By season’s end, she qualified for the WTA Finals for a second time – and played the tournment of her life, defeating five fellow top-10 opponents to earn the biggest title of her caerer – and with the victory, finished the season ranked inside the top-5 for the first time. Competing in her 5th Qatar Total Open – From Ukraine, please welcome the #7 Player in the World, Elina Sviolina.

▲ QF: def [Q] Karolina Muchova -133- (CZE) 64 62
▲ R2: def Jelena Ostapenko -22- (LAT) 64 64
▲ R1: Bye

Quarterfinal Biography | [Q] Karolina Muchova -133- (CZE)

What a week it’s been for this 22-year-old qualifier. In her Doha debut, she’s won five consecutive matches, and is through to the Quarterfinals of a WTA Tour-level event for the first time. But her success this week comes as no surprise to those who witnessed the biggest win of her careeer last August at the US Open. As the World #202 in New York, she won three qualifying matches, scored her first main draw win at a Major, then upset World #12 Garbiñe Muguruza to reach the 3rd-Round. Last month, she reached the main draw in her Australian Open debut and climbed to a career-high ranking of World #130. Here in Doha for the first time, making her WTA Tour-level Quarterfinal debut – From the Czech Republic, please welcome Karolina Muchova.

▲ R2: def Su-Wei Hsieh -31- (TPE) 62 64
▲ R1: def ^ [LL] Sam Stosur -73- (AUS) 64 62
▲ Q3: def Liudmila Samsonova -168- (RUS) 61 36 61
▲ Q2: def [08] Kristyna Pliskova -90- (CZE) 63 46 64
▲ Q1: def [WC] Mubaraka Al-Naimi -No Rank- (QAT) 60 60

^ Withdrawal: [6|WC] Caroline Wozniacki -10- (DEN)