17 Feb '12, 5pm

Tennis: Azarenka, Stosur reach Qatar Open semi-finals

Tennis: Azarenka, Stosur reach Qatar Open semi-finals

DOHA: World number one Victoria Azarenka won her 15th consecutive match of the season to make the semi-finals of the WTA Qatar Open on Friday. The Belarusian star defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-0, 6-4 to stay on course for a third title this year, after victories at Sydney and the Australian Open. Azarenka was in imperious form in the first set but stuttered a bit in the second when she was broken for the second time in the eighth game by Wickmayer to level the scores at 4-4. But Wickmayer could not hold her serve in the next game, hammering the ball into the net and then sending a backhand wide to concede what proved to be the decisive break for Azarenka. The top seed then closed out the match by winning the final game to love. Earlier, Australian third seed Samantha Stosur overcame a spirited fightback by Romania's Monica Niculescu to advance to her first semi-fi...

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