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Tennis: Ivanovic, Stosur through in Qatar; Cibulkova, Bouchard out

Ana Ivanovic, who beat World No. 1 Serena Williams in last month’s Australian Open (pictured), progressed to the second round of the Qatar Total Open. Photo: AFP.

Ana Ivanovic, who beat World No. 1 Serena Williams in last month’s Australian Open (pictured), progressed to the second round of the Qatar Total Open. Photo: AFP.

February 12, 2014: Former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic progressed to the second round of the US$2.44 million Qatar Total Open when Daniela Hantuchova retired with a right-knee injury in the second set.


In a battle of two of the sport’s poster girls, the 26-year-old Ivanovic had come from behind to win the first set 7-5 at the lucrative WTA Premier event.


The ninth seed was also leading 1-0 in the second set when Hantuchova retired at 0-40 down, just days after the 30-year-old was part of the Slovak Republic team who lost to Germany in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group.


Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open winner, told AP: “She started really well, and I managed to get back into the set and break her back. I played some really good tennis towards the end of that first set and then in the second.”


It was a bad day for the Slovaks in Doha as Dominika Cibulkova, Hantuchova’s Fed Cup teammate and runner-up to Li Na at last month’s Australian Open, retired with gastrointestinal illness at 5-5 in the first set of her clash with wildcard Alisa Kleybanova.


Australian star Sam Stosur, who will play Li in an exhibition match in Hong Kong on March 3, cruised through to the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.


Canadian poster girl Eugenie Bouchard, who made a major breakthrough by reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, was unable to follow up last week’s Fed Cup success when she lost 7-5, 6-1 to colourful American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.


Rising Chinese star Zhang Shuai beat Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine 6-3 6-2 to join compatriot Peng Shuai in the second round.


Zhang, 24, also teamed up with Lisa Raymond on Tuesday to beat Janette Husarova and Alicja Rosolska 6-2 6-3
 in the first round of the doubles.


Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching, 20, and American Liezel Huber also progressed to the second round by beating Sandra Klemenschits and Raluca Olaru by the same scoreline, 6-2, 6-3.


Qatar Total Open: Results – Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Singles – First Round

(9) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 75 10 ret. (right knee injury)

(WC) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 55 ret. (GI illness)

(12) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 64 62

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (15) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 75 61

Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (16) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 57 64 64

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (LL) Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 57 62 63

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 26 61 75 (saved 1mp)

Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 64

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 75 46 76(3)

Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 62 64

Karin Knapp (ITA) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 61

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(6) 75

Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 63 62

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. (WC) Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 63 63

Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. (WC) Fatma Al Nabhani (OMA) 61 60

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 64

Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)

(Q) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d. Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 46 62 63


Doubles – First Round

(6) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Barthel/Moulton-Levy (GER/USA) 64 76(5)

(7) Pavlyuchenkova/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Beygelzimer/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) 36 64 105 (Match TB)

Raymond/Zhang (USA/CHN) d. Husarova/Rosolska (SVK/POL) 62 63

Chan/Huber (TPE/USA) d. Klemenschits/Olaru (AUT/ROU) 62 63


Order Of Play – Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)

1. Li Na vs. Magdalena Rybarikova

2. Petra Kvitova vs. Venus Williams

3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Yanina Wickmayer

4. Sorana Cirstea vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (NB 20.00hrs)


Court 1 (from 15.30hrs)

1. Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Sara Errani

2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Angelique Kerber

3. Karin Knapp vs. Jelena Jankovic

4. Simona Halep vs. Kaia Kanepi


Court 2 (from 15.30hrs)

1. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Stefanie Voegele

2. Ana Ivanovic vs. Klara Zakopalova (NB 17.00)

3. Jana Cepelova vs. Samantha Stosur

4. Erakovic/Martic vs. Groenefeld/Lucic-Baroni (after suitable rest)


Court 3 (from 15.30hrs)

1. Annika Beck vs. Tsvetana Pironkova

2. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Monica Niculescu (NB 17.00hrs)

3. Jurak/Klepac vs. Flipkens/Schiavone

4. Mladenovic/Pennetta vs. Niculescu/Zakopalova


Court 4 (from 15.30hrs)

1. Barrois/Thorpe vs. Garcia/Kalashnikova

2. Peng Shuai vs. Lucie Safarova

3. Zhang Shuai vs. Petra Cetkovska

4. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova vs. Hlavackova/Safarova


Court 6 (from 16.30hrs)

1. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni


Source: WTA

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