Tennis- Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska and fourth seed Garbine Muguruza have booked their places in the Quarterfinals whereas fifth seed Petra Kvitova and former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki were shown exit doors at Qatar Open WTA Tournament in Doha.
The highest ranked player in action on the day was World No.3 Radwanska who was seeking revenge against Monica Niculescu, as the Romanian had beaten Pole last year when they met in Nottingham. Radwanska faced some early trouble as she was unable to hold her first three service games and was 1-4 down but then she fought back and levelled at 4-4.
Radwanska got the vital break of serve in the 12th game when Niculescu was serving at 5-6 and took the first set. Radwanska kept the momentum going in the second set and broke her opponent in the fourth and sixth game to take the second set 6-1.
She will face ninth seed Roberta Vinci next, who eased past the Turkish qualifier Cagla Buyukakcay in straight sets 7-5 6-1. 18-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko kept her amazing giant killing run going as she stunned 2-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova.
World No.88 had beaten former World No.2 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the previous round and came back from one set down to beat Kvitova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Ostapenko will face unseeded Chinese player Saisai Zheng for a place in the semifinals, as Zheng got better of former World No.
5 and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets 7-6 (1), 6-1. Zheng had also knocked out top seed Angelique Kerber in the second round. Qualifier Elena Vesnina also continued her winning streak against seeded players as she stunned the former World No.1 and 13th seed Caroline Wozniacki in 3 sets 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in 2 hours and 37 minutes, the longest match of the day.
Vesnina had last beaten Wozniacki in 2009 and the Dane had won last 5 matches against Vesnina, but the Russian finally broke the losing streak and will face 8th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, brushed aside the 11th seed Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. World No.5 Garbine Muguruza also reached the last 8 safely as she outplayed 22-year-old Hungarian Timea Babos in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.
She will face former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic for a place in the semifinals, who knocked out USA's CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. FULL RESULTS ON NEXT PAGE Also Read: WTA DOHA- Angelique Kerber stunned in first match since winning Australian Open