Konta beats Navarro in 2nd round
DOHA: Britain's Johanna Konta beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open.
Konta, on Wednesday, needed one hour and 22 minutes to get her second career victory against Suarez Navarro, who is ranked 29th in the world, reports Efe.
The World No. 11 will play the winner of the match between Germany's Angelique Kerber and Australia's Samantha Stosur in the next round.
In other action, Romania's Sorana Cirstea stunned Belgium's Elise Mertens 6-5, 6-4 and will face Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza, the No. 4 seed, next. Muguruza knocked off China's Duan Yingying, 6-3, 6-4. Romania's Simona Halep, the World No. 2, defeated Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-0 and awaits the winner of the match between Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova and Japan's Naomi Osaka.
Meanwhile, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki swatted aside German Carina Witthoeft at the Qatar Open on Wednesday while an equally dominant Simona Halep joined the world number one in the third round making short work of Ekaterina Makarova. Wozniacki, who won 6-2 6-0, struck 18 winners and claimed six out of 12 break points to progress and takes on 14th seed Magdalena Rybarikova or Monica Niculescu next. Top seed Wozniacki, coming into the event on the back of a quarter-final finish at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, was broken once early in the opening set but recovered quickly to win the match in just under an hour. Halep, playing in her first tournament since her defeat by Wozniacki in the Australian Open final last month, eased past Russia's Makarova 6-3 6-0 in an hour and 11 minutes. The Romanian second seed cruised to a one-set lead and saved four breakpoints
in the first game of the second set to halt a comeback attempt by her Russian opponent.
She then reeled off the next five games in a row to prevail. Halep faces Anastasija Sevastova in the next round after the Latvian beat Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-1. Petra Kvitova came back to move past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4.