WTA Doha: Sorana Cîrstea, victory over a Grand Slam champion and duel with the world leader

​Sorana Cîrstea qualified for the second round of the “WTA 1000” tournament in Doha, after defeating Sloane Stephens (2017 US Open champion) on Sunday.

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Sorana Cîrstea defeated Sloane Stephens and will meet Iga Swiatek

After the good course in Abu Dhabi (quarters), Cîrstea also achieved an important victory in the inaugural round in Doha.

Our athlete easily prevailed over the American Stephens (39th WTA), score 6-3, 6-2. The game lasted only one hour and 20 minutes.

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To know:

  • Sorana Cîrstea now leads 2-1 in direct meetings with Sloane Stephens.
  • For Sorana, there is a match with Iga Swiatek, the leader of the world ranking and the main favorite at the competition in Qatar.
  • The two have met twice before, and the Pole won each time: 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 at the 2022 Australian Open and 6-2, 6-3 at Indian Wells 2022.
  • Sorana secured a prize worth $20,650 and 65 points in the WTA singles rankings.
  • Cîrstea is on the 22nd place in the WTA Live ranking (the highest was on the 21st place).

Qatar TotalEnergies Open 2024 takes place from February 11-17. The tournament is played on clay in Doha, is part of the “WTA 1000” category and offers total prize money of $3,211,715. The title champion is Iga Swiatek (2022, 2023), and Simona Halep won in 2014.

The main favorites from WTA Doha: Iga Swiatek (1), Coco Gauff (2), Elena Rybakina (3), Ons Jabeur (4), Qinwen Zheng (5), Marketa Vondrousova (6), Maria Sakkari (7), Jelena Ostapenko (8).

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