Decided rival of the first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina at the tournament in Doha. It was the Latvian tennis player Elena Ostapenko.
In the first round match Latika in three sets defeated Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu in three sets: 6:1, 4:6, 6:2.
It should be noted that Ostapenko has twice beat Svitolina: in 2017 in the third round of Wimbledon last season in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Miami.
It should be noted that Svitolina like because of injury refused to play last week for the national team of Ukraine in the Federation Cup.
We will remind, today, February 12, another Ukrainian tennis player Lesya Tsurenko confidently overcame the first hurdle of the tournament in the Qatari capital.