Watch Monday's highlights from the Qatar Total Open, featuring Peng Shuai defeating Nadia Petrova 76(5) 75, Venus Williams defeating Petra Martic 62 62, Tsvetana Pironkova defeating Roberta Vinci 63 63 and Petra Cetkovska defeating Sloane Stephens 75 61.
Qualifier Petra Cetkovska claimed the eighth Top 10 win of her career when she knocked out top seed Li Na in the third round of the Qatar Total Open.
Petra Cetkovska has endured a difficult few years on tour, watching her ranking plummet following injuries to first her right and then her left ankle. But on Thursday at the Qatar Total Open the Czech was finally given reason to cheer when she knocked out Australian Open champion and top seed Li Na, 76(2) 26 64.
Such has been her fall down the WTA's pecking order that Cetkovska did not even make the trip to Australia last month, watching on from her Paris home as Li defeated Dominika Cibulkova to lift her second major. Yet despite the gulf in their respective rankings and recent achievements, at no stage did Cetkovska look overawed. In the past, the 29-year-old has displayed a knack of raising her game when up against the world's best and more than held her own in the opening stages.
Angelique Kerber upset the seedings to give herself a chance of winning the fourth title of her career as she beat Jelena Jankovic in the Qatar Open semi-finals on Saturday.
Kerber was merely relieved to have snatched victory any way she could, especially as she had also won the first set in their encounter in Brisbane last month but still lost. "I don't know if I would have had enough left to win it in a third set," she said after the engrossing one-hour 47 minute encounter. But I think I played better and more aggressively in the big moments this time. I wasn't surprised that Jelena came back that way."
Angelique Kerber of Germany returns the ball to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during their women's singles semi-final tennis match during the Qatar Open tennis tournament on February 15, 2014 in Doha
Seventh-seeded Simona Halep of Romania won her first title of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Qatar Open final on Sunday.
It's the seventh career title for Halep, with the other six all won last year. "I think it's the best, because it's the biggest tournament which I won," Halep said. For the first time Halep defeated three top-10 players at the same event -- No. 7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, and the ninth-ranked Kerber. Halep, who had a first round bye, nearly lost her opening match of the tournament before defeating Kaia Kanepi in a third-set tiebreaker in the second round.
Despite her impressive recent form, Halep did not think she would win the tournament at the start of week. It's amazing for me, because when I came here I didn't think I could reach the final, certainly not win," she told the official WTA website. "I had been competing indoors, but mentally I am very strong and I got the feel of the balls and the court here very well. I have to enjoy this now as the best moment of my life."