Radwanska lines up Qatar quarterfinal with Venus Williams
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a quarterfinal with Venus Williams in the Qatar Open.
Radwanska, who had lost both their previous meetings, including the Indian Wells final in March last year, dropped just 11 points in her seven service games. The Polish player broke her opponent’s serve five times in a match that lasted just 49 minutes.
“For sure I wouldn’t tell it was going to be that quick,” Radwanska said. “I think I really played great tennis today. I was really aggressive and focused from the beginning and that worked until the end.”
Radwanska, who lost to Williams in the fourth round of the Australian Open last month, will play her again on Thursday.
“I think it’s going to be very good match for revenge,” Radwanska said. “She definitely had a great season last year and a very good beginning of the year. I think playing Venus is always a really good challenge.”
Top-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic will take on third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki for a place in the semifinals after both their matches were cut short.
Kvitova had a 6-3, 1-1 lead against Jelena Jankovic when her opponent retired, while Denmark’s Wozniacki was leading 6-1, 3-0 when Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru withdrew.
Lucie Safarova also advanced, beating fifth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3.