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Swiatek through to Qatar Open final after walkover win

Top seed and two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek made it through to Qatar TotalEnergies Open final after her opponent Karolina Pliskova pulled out due to a lower back injury.

Swiatek, who made it 11 straight match-wins at the tournament with victory over Victoria Azarenka on Thursday, will now be bidding to become the first player to win a WTA Tour event three consecutive times since Serena Williams prevailed at the Miami Open in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Pliskova, the 2017 Doha champion, made it nine match wins in the last 10 days with victory over Naomi Osaka, but her ailing body was unable to recover in time for her showdown with Swiatek.

Consecutive finals for Swiatek

Following Karolina Pliskova’s withdrawal, Iga Swiatek has become the first player to make three consecutive finals in a single hard court WTA event (Doha 2021-2023) since Serena Williams at the Australian Open (2015-17)

Four-time Grand Slam champion Swiatek will take on the winner of the semi-final between third seed Elena Rybakina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Saturday.

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