Pennetta Sets Up Wozniacki Clash

Flavia Pennetta beat Lucie Safarova to set up a quarterfinal duel with the world's No.1 player.

Published February 23, 2011 12:00

Pennetta Sets Up Wozniacki Clash
Flavia Pennetta

DOHA, Qatar - In her first match since regaining No.1 from Kim Clijsters, Caroline Wozniacki was sharp, beating former No.3 Nadia Petrova, 63 62.

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Wozniacki, seeded No.1 and the recipient of a first round bye, broke the big-serving Petrova four times during their second round encounter, and served it out at love for her fourth straight victory over her Russian opponent.

"I'm just focusing on myself," said Wozniacki, one of just three seeds to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Ladies Open. "There are a lot of good players here, so it's not easy to win. I just focus on myself and on my matches."

Next up for Wozniacki is Flavia Pennetta, who rallied back to beat Lucie Safarova, 46 63 64. Pennetta has actually won more matches than Wozniacki this year (the Italian is 13-3 on the season, the Dane is 11-2).

Wozniacki is 4-0 against Pennetta in their head-to-head series, although Pennetta did push three of those four previous meetings to three sets.

"Flavia is very tough," Wozniacki commented. "We've always had tough matches. It's not going to be easy but I'm looking forward to it."

Vera Zvonareva, seeded No.2, had a quicker win over Dominika Cibulkova, 61 62. Awaiting Zvonareva in the quarters is Daniela Hantuchova, who won a two-hour, 23-minute battle with qualifier Vera Dushevina, 46 62 64. Hantuchova beat Zvonareva 11 days ago in Pattaya, where she ended up winning the title.

Zvonareva is 4-2 against Hantuchova in their head-to-head series, though Hantuchova has won their last two meetings, both on this surface.

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