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Women’s tennis quarterfinals kick off today sans world No. 3 Li Na


Petra Cetkovská beat the top-seeded Li Na during a face-off on Thursday.
Petra Cetkovská beat the top-seeded Li Na during a face-off on Thursday.

With just two days to go before the conclusion of the Qatar Total Open 2014 on Feb. 16, some of the world’s top female tennis players will compete in the tournament’s quarterfinals this afternoon at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.

Tickets are still available for today’s matches, which start at 3:30pm. Attendance since the tournament began on Monday has been unusually low.

Fans told Doha News that they were disappointed when World No. 1 Serena Williams and defending champion Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the competition due to injury.

Several other favorites have not even made it to the quarter-finals, including Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and world No. 3 Li Na of China, the top seeded player who lost yesterday against qualifier Petra Cetkovská in three sets.


Cetkovská, a Czech ranked outside of the top 100 players, will face off against No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber from Germany. Despite yesterday’s victory, she does not appear to be resting on any laurels yet.

In a post-match press conference on Thursday, she said:

“I had a great win, yes, but it’s very important to keep concentrated for tomorrow to get ready again.”

Other top-seeded players are slated to play this afternoon with the following match-ups:

1) [Q] P Cetkovska (CZE) vs [6] A Kerber (GER)
[3] P Kvitova (CZE) vs [5] J Jankovic (SRB)
3) [7] S Halep (ROU) vs [4] S Errani (ITA)
Y Wickmayer (BEL) vs [2] A Radwanska (POL)

Tickets can be purchased online and from Villaggio, City Center, Landmark and Lagoona malls, as well as the Khalifa tennis complex.

Are you planning to check out the rest of the tournament? Thoughts?

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