Simona Halep of Romania celebrates after defeating Sara Errani of Italy in their quarter-final match of the Qatar Open at the International Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha, yesterday. Halep won 6-2, 6-0. RIGHT: Jelena Jankovic of Serbia reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in their quarter-final match. Jankovic won 6-1, 6-3.
DOHA: Angelique Kerber put an end to Petra Cetkovska’s dream run at the Qatar Total Open with a straight set victory in yesterday’s quarterfinals.
Having spent two weeks of her pre-season training programme in Doha, Kerber has looked at ease in the surrounds of the Khalifa Tennis Complex all week and required just 50 minutes to brush aside Cetkovska, 61 60.
“I think I was playing well today,” Kerber said. “Petra is a great player and yesterday she beat Li Na so I knew it would be tough.”
For Cetkovska, who 24 hours earlier had knocked out top seed Li Na, it proved a match too far, as she could find no answer to Kerber’s unerring consistency.
“It was a great feeling to get into the semis,” Kerber said when asked about her country’s Fed Cup win over Slovakia. “We’re a great team and it was a great weekend for us. I’m just happy to keep playing well here and also that I won in two sets again. I think the year began very well for me but I’m just trying to improve my game with every match and to stay fit and healthy.”
Standing in between Kerber and a place in the final will be Jelena Jankovic, who knocked out Petra Kvitova, 6-1, 6-3.
In other quarter-finals yesterday, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 6-1. In the semi-final today, Radwanska will meet seventh seed Simona Halep of Romania who beat fourth seed Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-0.QNA