She was three match points down in the third set, but Lucie Safarova still walked away the winner of her Qatar TOTAL Open first round match against 2nd seed Caroline Wozniacki. Safarova beat Wozniacki 4-6. 6-4, 7-6. Serving at 4-5 in the final set, Safarova went down 0-40, but then served herself right out of trouble in one of those "anything can happen in tennis" moments.
Sam Stosur, who lost to Sorana Cirstea at the Australian Open, defeated Cirstea 6-4, 7-6 today. Stosur broke Cirstea at 4-all in the first, then broke her again at 4-all in the second. In the second set, though, Cirstea broke her back and the set went to a tiebreak.
Vera Zvonareva had to retire again because of her hip injury, and an obviously tired Angelique Kerber, who won in Paris last week, was taken out 6-4, 6-1 by Tsvetana Pironkova. Yanina Wickmayer beat Francesca Schiavone, qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko beat Flavia Pennetta, and Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Maria Kirilenko. It was also a good day for qualifier Varvara Lepchenko, who defeated Julia Goerges 7-6, 7-6.