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Sport Headline acts Wozniacki and Halep through in Doha

21:51  14 february  2018
21:51  14 february  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Wozniacki relaxed after emphatic start to 2018

  Wozniacki relaxed after emphatic start to 2018 Beginning the year by winning the Australian Open and returning to world number one means Caroline Wozniacki can take a relaxed approach.Caroline Wozniacki feels the pressure is off for the rest of the season after winning her first grand slam at the Australian Open and returning to the top of the world rankings.

Top two seeds Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep had little trouble getting through to round three in Doha . Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep secured safe passage to the third round of the Qatar Open on Wednesday.

Top two seeds Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep had little trouble getting through to round three in Doha . Wozniacki and Halep , number one and two in the world respectively, were scarcely troubled in their matches.

CarolineWozniackicropped: World number one Caroline Wozniacki © Provided by Omnisport World number one Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep secured safe passage to the third round of the Qatar Open on Wednesday.

The pair, who met in the Australian Open final when Wozniacki broke her grand slam duck, both enjoyed straight-sets wins in Doha.

But not every seed in action emerged unscathed, with the likes of Jelena Ostapenko, Kristina Mladenovic and Madison Keys dumped out.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN FOES AVOID SECOND-ROUND WOES

Wozniacki and Halep, number one and two in the world respectively, were scarcely troubled in their matches.

The Dane saw off Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-0, while Halep – whose own wait for a maiden grand slam goes on – was a 6-3 6-0 winner over Ekaterina Makarova.

Halep races into Qatar third round

  Halep races into Qatar third round In her first match since losing the Australian Open final, Simona Halep looked at her best in an easy win over Ekaterina Makarova.Simona Halep raced into the third round of the Qatar Open with a straight-sets demolition of Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday.

Top two seeds Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep had little trouble getting through to round three in Doha .

Top two seeds Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep had little trouble getting through to round three in Doha .

It was the Romanian's first contest after January's Melbourne heartbreak and, having battled ankle and foot injuries, she was content with her fitness levels.

"I felt really well on court, I felt a little bit of pain but I just enjoyed the match too much," she said.

Halep next meets Anastasija Sevastova, who ousted Naomi Osaka, with Monica Niculescu – the beneficiary of Magdalena Rybarikova's retirement – awaiting Wozniacki.

PLISKOVA, SVITOLINA AND KERBER STAY IN THE HUNT

A number of seeds sounded a signal of intent with impressive victories, not least of all reigning champion Karolina Pliskova and former world number one Angelique Kerber.

Halep beats Sevastova to reach Qatar Open quarter-finals

  Halep beats Sevastova to reach Qatar Open quarter-finals World number two Simona Halep is through to the last eight of the Qatar Open after an impressive win against Anastasija Sevastova.Simona Halep secured a confident straight-sets win over Anastasija Sevastova to reach the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open.

Top two seeds Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep had little trouble getting through to round three in Doha .

Doha , February 15: Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep secured safe passage to the third round of the Qatar Open on Wednesday (February 14). [email protected]_ Halep is through to the @QatarTennis third round!

Pliskova, who beat Wozniacki in last year's final, overcame Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3, while Germany's Kerber eased past Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-1.

Meanwhile, third seed Elina Svitolina downed Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 6-4, and 16th seed Petra Kvitova – a winner in St Petersburg last month – ended Agnieszka Radwanska's challenge in three sets.

Julia Goerges and Johanna Konta were also among the seeds to make it through.

SEEDS SENT HOME

Not all the fancied players had things their own way, as evidenced by the early departures of Mladenovic, Keys and Ostapenko.

Teenager Anna Blinkova accounted for world number 13 Mladenovic in a surprise 6-3 6-3 success for the Russian.

US Open runner-up Keys was beaten 2-6 6-3 6-0 by American compatriot CiCi Bellis, while sixth seed Ostapenko suffered a shock loss to Mihaela Buzarnescu.

The French Open champion slumped to a 6-1 6-3 reverse against a player ranked 37 places below her.

Resilient Kvitova ousts Wozniacki in Doha thriller .
Petra Kvitova came off the ropes to beat Caroline Wozniacki and extend her winning run to 12 matches in Doha.The tenacious Petra Kvitova will face Garbine Muguruza in the Qatar Open final after fighting back from the brink of defeat to beat world number one Caroline Wozniacki.

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