Wozniacki survives scare, Vinci advances at Qatar Total Open

 23 Feb 2016 - 1:35

Wozniacki survives scare, Vinci advances at Qatar Total Open
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark serves to  Croatia’s Ana Konjuh during their Qatar Total Open Women’s Singles Round 1 match at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex yesterday. Wozniacki beat Konjuh 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

DOHA: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark yesterday survived a scare before beating Croatia’s Ana Konjuh while US Open finalist Roberta Vinci of Italy celebrated reaching the top-10 with an easy scalp at Qatar Total Open. 

Wonzniacki, ranked 22, lost the first set but recovered in fine style to beat Konjuh 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in 2 hours 35 minutes. 
“It’s nice to get through. It wasn’t really pretty out there, but a win is a win,” Wozniacki said. “And being able to win even if you don’t play or best is better than to lose when you play great. So I’m going to take it,” she added.
“Yeah, she (Konjuh) started off much better. I started off really poorly. Just really needed to get myself going,” Wozniacki said.
Wozniacki fired five aces, four in the final set, to seal her win on Centre Court at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
Also yesterday, 9th seed Vinci produced a straight-set demolition of Ukraine’s Lesya Tsurenko. Vinci won 6-2, 6-1 in just 64 minutes. 
Though Tsurenko served well but Vinci’s all-round prowess was too much to handle for the 25-year-old Ukrainian. 
Vinci, who famously beat world number one Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the US Open last year in September, said a windy Doha tested the players out on the court. 
“Today was a tough match. It’s always tough to play first round. So windy. The court is little bit strange,” the Italian said. 
Vinci said she never thought she’d break into the top-10 on the WTA Tour. “Three or four years ago, I was ranked 11. I had a lot of chances to be (in the) top-10, but I never (got there). So, no, I didn’t expect. But I try hard, work hard, and now I’m pretty happy,” she said with a smile.
Vinci also said that her win over Serena at the US Open ‘had changed’ her life. 
Russian qualifier Elena Vesnina also advanced with a two-set win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia. Vesnina, winner of two Grand Slam titles in doubles, beat Garcia 6-3, 7-5 in 91 minutes. 
In other games, Denisa Allertová of the Czech republic beat Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6- in 80 minutes, while Japan’s Nao Hibino downed Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in 2 hours 13 minutes.
American Coco Vandeweghe beat Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2 in 7-5, 6-2 in 65 minutes while Romania’s Monica Niculescu eased past Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-2 in one hour. 
Australia’s Daria Gavrilova beat Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-1 in 58 minutes. 
Earlier yesterday, India’s tennis queen Sania Mirza visited the DPS- Modern Indian School, interacting with schoolchildren and engaging in tennis conversation. The school teaching staff and other officials were also presented as Sania - the current World No. 1 player in women’s doubles - regaled the audience with her stories of her career so far. 
The Indian tennis star also took 10 questions from the students. 
Sania - who is teams up with Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis - is taking part at this week’s Qatar Total Open. Sania - who is married to Pakistan cricket star Shoaib Malik - later posed for pictures and gave away autographs.
Hingis and Sania have won 4 titles this season and they arrive as the top seeds in the doubles. Also yesterday, Canadian rising star Eugenie Bouchard visited the Total booth at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, the venue of this week’s Qatar Total Open tennis tournament. 
Bouchard posed for pictures with the young kids and later obliged the fans with autographs during her brief yet bright stopover at Total booth.
The Canadian on Sunday opened her Qatar Total Open campaign with a hard-fought win over qualifier Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia.
Bouchard, who is appearing in Doha for the second time, on Sunday won 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours 28 minutes. The Peninsula