• search

Mauresmo eases into Qatar Open semi-finals

Written by: Staff
|

DOHA, Mar 2 (Reuters) Top seed and world number two Amelie Mauresmo outplayed Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Open today.

The Frenchwoman, riding high after winning three titles including the Australian Open this year, next plays Swiss Martina Hingis after the former world number one outgunned sixth-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 6-2.

Mauresmo will claim the top ranking from Belgium's Kim Clijsters if she wins the final on Saturday.

Hingis, who began her comeback at the start of the year after a three-year break following a foot injury, traded baseline rallies with Kuznetsova.

At 4-4 the Russian received medical attention for a leg injury and appeared to be limping at times in a first set claimed by Hingis in a tight tiebreak.

Three service breaks broke Kuznetsova's resistance in the second set.

''As I said yesterday, I am playing well,'' Hingis said.

''It was not an easy match. She (Kuznetsova) fought well in the first set, but I always had the game under control.'' Second seed Nadia Petrova quelled a spirited challenge from Na Li of China to post a 6-4 6-4 victory.

Petrova will meet Ai Sugiyama in Friday's first semi-final after the Japanese veteran defeated Julia Schruff of Germany 6-3 6-2.

Sugiyama, who had upset two times Qatar Open champion and former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina on Wednesday, was never troubled in her 66-minute win over Schruff.

''I was a bit drained after my long match against Myskina on Wednesday. But I think I did well to recover as was evident today against Schruff,'' she said.

REUTERS DH RAI0233

For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more