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Azarenka among big guns to progress

14 February 2013 21:21

World number one Victoria Azarenka has breezed into the quarter-finals at the Qatar Total Open, while Serena Williams also progressed.

Belarusian Azarenka made light work of her 44th-ranked American opponent Christina McHale, thrashing her 6-0 6-0 in an hour and eight minutes.

McHale could not cope with the power of Azarenka, who saved both break points she faced in a commanding victory that set up a clash with Italian sixth seed Sara Errani.

Second seed Williams had a similarly easy passage as she trounced Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-0 6-3 in just under an hour and will face seventh-seed Petra Kvitova in the next round.

The first set was over in only 21 minutes as Williams immediately took control before she sealed her passage to the next stage with her first match point.

Maria Sharapova had her serve broken three times in a 6-3 6-3 win over Czech Klara Zakopalova.

With both players struggling to hold serve, Sharapova's class showed out in the end and her reward is a quarter-final contest against Australia's Sam Stosur.

The advancement of the top four seeds was complete as Poland's Agnieszka Radwanksa held off a fight back from Serbian Ana Ivanovic to win 6-1 7-6 (8-6) to book a clash against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

In other results, Errani withstood a mid-match comeback to defeat Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 5-7 6-2 while Kvitova recovered from a slow start to overcome Russian Nadia Petrova 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Mona Barthel, who conquered fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the previous stage, could not continue her fairytale run as she was ousted 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 by Wozniacki while Stosur completed a straight sets victory 6-4 7-5 against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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