Maria Sakkari victorious in first-round match in Qatar

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Fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari ousted China’s Qinwen Zheng in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round at the WTA 500 event in Doha

Sakkari fired seven aces, won 36/49 (73%) first service points, 14/24 (58%) on second serves and broke serve four times.

Zheng drops to 3-4 against the Top 10 players. Sakkari has never lost to Zheng, leading 2-0 in tour-level head-to-head meetings.

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