Thursday’s action at the Qatar Total Open was shaping up the quarterfinals and all the seeded players advanced, except in one match that was a clash of two seeds, in which the higher seed prevailed when No.7 Petra Kvitova took out No.11 Nadia Petrova after dropping the first set and coming back from behind in both the remaining sets to finally win 4-6 6-4 6-3.
Kvitova is now in an intimidating position, finding herself between Serena Williams and the 31-year-old American’s No.1 ranking – if Serena beats Kvitova in the quarterfinals, she will get back to the top of the WTA standings and become the oldest player ever to be No.1. Serena has won 58 of her last 61 matches and today she stormed past Urszula Radwanska 6-0 6-3 in just 57 minutes.
The other quarterfinal in the bottom half of the draw will be between good friends Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki. By beating Ana Ivanovic 6-1 7-6(6), even though the Serb was serving for the second set, Radwanska earned her 15th win of the season, which makes her the leader in that department. Wozniacki worked hard to eliminate Mona Barthel 7-6(6) 6-3, the German who’s been making a big name for herself, especially this season.
In the top half of the draw, world No.1 Victoria Azarenka recorded her sixth career double bagel, ousting Christina McHale, and is to face Sara Errani, who won a marathon against Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 5-7 6-2. We are also having a Maria Sharapova vs. Samantha Stosur quarterfinal. Sharapova was better than Klara Zakopalova 6-3 6-3, while Stosur stopped the run of Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 7-5. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)