Sport Headline acts Wozniacki and Halep through in Doha

21:51  14 february  2018
21:51  14 february  2018 Source:   Omnisport

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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.

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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.

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Halep then converted the break to make it 4-5 when Wozniacki floated a forehand long. The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) was signed by US President Donald Trump in August 2017.

DOHA : Newly-crowned Australian Open champion and world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will be headlining the array of top stars that will be This year’s event, will also feature former World No.1 and 2018 Australian Open finalist Simona Halep of Romania, defending champion Karolina Pliskova

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.

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ACT News. Caroline Wozniacki has broken through . Finally. After an extraordinary and energy-sapping women's final against Simona Halep , the Dane can now call herself a major winner after a remarkable triumph at the Australian Open.

Caroline Wozniacki has captured the first set against Simona Halep in the Australian Open women's final, 7-6 (2). Top-seeded Halep spent nearly 12 hours on court through her first six rounds, and was forced to save match points in the third round and in her semifinal win over Angelique Kerber.

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.

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