The 2012 Qatar Open women’s main draw singles 3rd round matches will begin on Thursday 16 February at 3:30pm local time in Doha, Qatar. The second MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ events in 2012 has 16 players remaining in the 3rd round vying for this prestigious title, 900 WTA ranking points and $385,000 in prize money. The official tournament name is the Qatar TOTAL Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
Only five of the 16 seeds survived their 2nd round matches as a further seven seeds upset by unseeded opponents. The highest seed to be upset was No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki by current World No.28 Lucie SAFAROVA in a final set tiebreak. Current No.31 Monica NICULESCU knocked out No.6 seed and defending champion Vera Zvonareva. Former No.12 and US Open singles semi finalist Yanina WICKMAYER defeated No.7 seed Francesca Schiavone and Shahar PEER took out No.8 seed Jelena Jankovic.
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Two of the four remaining qualifiers won their fourth straight match at the Qatar Open to earn 155 WTA ranking points thus far. The No.6 seed from qualifying Katernya BONDARENKO who defeated Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2 and Varvara LEPCHENKO who was not even seeded in qualifying, continued her impressive winning streak all without dropping a set.
The 2012 Qatar Open women’s singles draw for the 3rd round is:
- Victoria AZARENKA (1) v Simona HALEP
- Ksenia PERVAK v Yanina WICKMAYER
- Agnieszka RADWANSKA (4) v (Q) Varvara LEPCHENKO
- Christina MCHALE v Shahar PEER
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Monica NICULESCU v (Q) Katernya BONDARENKO
- Petra CETKOVSKA v (3) Samantha STOSUR
- Marion BARTOLI (5) v Tsvetana PIRONKOVA
- Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (14) v Lucie SAFAROVA
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