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23 February 2022, 09:43

Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka cruises to Qatar Open round three

MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – Belarus' world number 2 Aryna Sabalenka beat France's world number 37 Alize Cornet, 6-2, 6-2, to move to the Qatar Open round three, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian will next face world number 41 Jil Teichmann of Switzerland.

Belarus' world number 61 Aliaksandra Sasnovich lost to Tunisia's world number 10 Ons Jabeur, 6-1, 5-7, 4-6. In the opener the Belarusian eased past China's world number 66 Zhang Shuai, 6-1, 6-1. Aliaksandra Sasnovich had to go through qualifying to reach the main draw. the Belarusian saw off Romania's world number 101 Ana Bogdan, 6-1, 6-1, in the first qualifying round, and beat world's number 324 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, 6-3, 6-2, in the second qualifying round. In the doubles' first round Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk saw off Romania's Irina Bara and Slovakia's Kristina Kucova.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, currently ranked 16, did not play world number 60 Madison Brengle of the United States in the second round due to an injury. The Belarusian saw off Kazakhstan's world number 42 Yulia Putintseva, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, in the opening round.

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