Second seed Barbora Krejcikova and No. 3 seed Paula Badosa were sent packing at the Qatar TotalEnergies Open in Doha Wednesday, while top seed Aryna Sabalenka and fourth seed Anett Kontaveit avoided crashing out.
In a battle of past Roland Garros champions, 15th seed Jelena Ostapenko maintained her hot hand by ousting Krejcikova, 6-3, 6-2, after 73 minutes. Assertive striking with impressive execution propelled the Latvian to the 500-level crown in Dubai last week and she’s kept up that combination in running up her win streak to eight matches. The 24-year-old compiled 25 winners in avenging her Australian Open defeat to the world No. 3.
Krejcikova could still move up to a career-high No. 2 singles ranking depending on how far the current woman occupying that spot, Sabalenka, progresses.
The Belarusian powered past Jil Teichmann, 6-2, 6-1, in her cleanest performance of the season thus far. Sabalenka finished with zero double faults and conceded just one break of serve in the 63-minute contest. She'll meet Iga Swiatek for a spot in the semifinals after the seventh seed routed Daria Kasatkina, 6-3, 6-0.
Badosa saw her hopes of rising to No. 2 dashed when she was dismissed by No. 14 seed Coco Gauff. The 17-year-old pressured Badosa’s delivery consistently, breaking five times while winning 18 of 26 points against the Spaniard’s second serve to move through, 6-2, 6-3.