Barthel Battles Into Final Round Of Qualifying
Fourth seed Mona Barthel advanced to the final round of qualifying at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Sunday as she battled past Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 in a match featuring 12 breaks of serve.
The German, who won her first WTA title at Hobart in January, goes onto face Croatia's Petra Martic, who defeated Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-3 in 74 minutes. Rodionova had won her first-round match earlier in the day, defeating eighth seed Tamira Paszek 6-4, 6-4.
Ninth seed Iveta Benesova also closed on a place in the main draw, dismissing Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou 6-3, 6-2 in 65 minutes. In the final round of qualifying, the Czech player will face Australia’s Casey Dellacqua, who broke serve five times as she defeated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-0, 6-3.
Romania’s Simona Halep backed up her 6-0, 6-0 victory from the first round of qualifying by upsetting fifth seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain in a similarly crushing score line, 6-1, 6-1 in just 63 minutes. She goes onto face the Netherlands’ Arantxa Rus, who ended Tunisian wild card Ons Jabeur’s campaign with a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory.
Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak finished strongly to defeat Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 in two hours and 20 minutes. For a place in the main draw she will face second seed Polona Hercog, who advanced when France’s Virginie Razzano retired with a back injury after losing the first set 6-2. Razzano had won her first-round match against Kristina Barrois 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 earlier in the day.
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