Doha: Caroline Wozniacki survived the cull of seeded players at the WTA Qatar Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Nadia Petrova in the second round on Wednesday.
On a day when three seeded players crashed out, world number one Wozniacki gave local organisers something to cheer about with a commanding display at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex Centre court to set up a quarter-final clash with Italian Flavia Pennetta.
Wozniacki, who won the Dubai Open on Sunday and was given a first round bye in Qatar, hardly showed any signs of slowing down after a two-day rest as she gave 2006 winner Petrova, without a title since Quebec City in 2008, a through workout.
“It's great to start off with a win and continue with my good form after Dubai,” the Dane said.
“Nadia is a very experienced player who has won before in Qatar, so it was particularly pleasing,” added Wozniacki, who had one break in the first set and three in the second.
Earlier, third-seeded Francesca Schiavone, the fourth seeded Li Na and the eighth seeded Shahar Peer all stumbled out after suffering crushing defeats.
Italian Schiavone became the biggest casualty yet at the tournament when she was ousted by China's Peng Shuai 7-5, 6-3, while Li fared even worse, losing 6-2, 6-1 to Czech Klara Zakopalova.
The eighth-seeded Peer, who had beaten two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kusnetsova on Tuesday, was thrashed by Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-0.
Schiavone, the world number five, was thoroughly outplayed by the bustling Peng, who scored her second consecutive victory over the Italian, following her win at the 2009 Australian Open.
“Playing against Francesca is always difficult,” said Peng. “But I was the better player today. She tested me in the first set, but I was more determined,” added Peng, who broke her rival twice in each set and will take on Bartoli next in the third round.
Peng, however, said her win was not the best of her career.
“Sorry to disappoint you but this was not my best win,” said Peng. “I think the best victory so far in my career came against Kim Clijsters in San Diego in 2005.”
Schiavone, who became the first Italian to win the French Open last year, said maybe she should be taking a break from the game.
“I should take some days off, but there is no time... sometimes tennis players can decide, sometimes not,” said the Italian.
Bartoli, too, was in a zone of her own as she totally dominated Peer to win in 61 minutes. Israeli Peer had won seven of their previous nine encounters beginning 2005, the most recent coming at the French Open last year.
Peer was impressed with Bartoli's performance, saying if she continued to keep playing like she did she could even become the world number one.
“She gave me no chance,” said Peer. “I have won seven out of nine times against her in the past, but today she was simply too good.
“If she plays all her matches like this she will win 99 per cent of her matches and would even become the world number one.”
“Shahar has dominated me in the past so it was nice to get a win against her,” said Bartoli.
First Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 00:24