Wozniacki stays No 1 after edging Kerber in Qatar quarters

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki continued her sensational start to the season beating two-time Grand Slam victor Angelique Kerber in three sets on Friday (Feb 16) in Qatar. And I will try to finish the match.

The injury also forced her out of Romania's Fed Cup tie with Canada last weekend.

"I just tried to let him (the umpire) know to pay attention to her grunting because she'll hit the ball and two seconds later when the ball is on my side and I'm right about to hit, she'll start grunting and make a noise, and she'll change the grunt according to what she feels like".

The woman Wozniacki beat in Melbourne, Simona Halep, is also through beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-3, keeping alive the possibility of a replay of the Australian Open final.

"I started already to talk too much about this injury, it's just a problem with my foot".

Halep's withdrawal means world number four Garbine Muguruza will play in Sunday's final in Doha after the Spaniard came back from a set down to beat Caroline Garcia 3-6 6-1 6-4.

A first set tiebreak was needed to settle the deadlock and it was the Australian open victor Wozniacki that eventually prevailed winning 7-4 to take the first set.

"Defending champion Karolina Pliskova €" who beat Wozniacki in last year's Doha final €" beat France's Alize Cornet, 6-2, 6-3.


And a resurgent Petra Kvitova beat world number three Elina Svitolina 6-4, 7-5 to set up a quarter-final clash with another top-ten player, Germany's Julia Goerges.

Halep, who hit 13 winners, then rallied and stormed through the second set without losing a game.

"Today it was worse, and that's why I took this decision".

"It's the only way she can win, is to put people off", Wozniacki complained to an unyielding official, who claimed the grunting was "regular".

"I think it's definitely a milestone.

I am really disappointed by what she said and I think she gives herself too much importance".

Wozniacki wasn't prepared to forgive and forget following her straight-sets triumph, taking aim at the Romanian again in her post-match media comments.

The Czech 16th seed has now won her last 10 matches.


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