Alona’s place in the third round was secured by winning three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Ostapenko ranks 13th in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Anisimov ranks 40th.
In the fight for the place in the quarterfinals, Ostapenko’s opponent will be the Czech Barbora Krejčikova, who is second in the world.
In the first round, Alona defeated the Frenchman Ocean Doden (WTA 93). Ostapenko’s best success in Doha is the final in 2016.
In the doubles, Alona paired with the American tennis player Ludmila Kičenok in the first round to concede to the Americans Coco Gofa and Jessica Pegula.
The tournament, with more than $ 2.6 million in prize money, will run until February 26 in Doha. The winner of the tournament in singles will receive 900 ranking points.
Ostapenko traveled to Qatar from Dubai, where he won a lower-ranking tournament on Sunday.
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