World No. 95 Blinkova won 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 30 minutes to reach the main draw in Doha and will face No. 7 seed Anastasija Sevastova in her opening game.
World No. 3 Simona Halep is the No. 1 seed in Doha, and is joined in the main draw by other top players such as world No. 5 Karolina Pliskova, world No. 6 Angelique Kerber and world No. 7 Elina Svitolina.