Stosur Back On Track At Qatar Open

All the upsets and news from the Qatar Open

Robert Whiteby Robert White

After bombing out of the Australian Open's first round, Australian Sam Stosur was able to exact revenge on the same opponent who knocked her out of the January tournament by defeating Sorana Cirestea in straight sets.

The second-round matchup ended 6-4 7-6 (7-4), sending the Romania home early.

The tournament has featured a number of interesting upsets thus far. Caroline Wozniacki bombed out in the opening round after recently losing her number one world ranking against Lucie Safarova. Wozniacki dropped three match points, losing 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Vera Zvonareva, the defending champ, was forced to withdraw from her second-round matchup against another Romanian, Monica Niculescu. Zvonareva injured her hip during the contest.

Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Kirilenko faced off with the former emerging 6-4 6-4 to face Safarova in the next leg.

But maybe the biggest upset came when Israeli Shahar Peer knocked off former World No. 1 and the tournament’s eight seed Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Peer came out of the gates on fire and raced ahead to a 5-2 first set lead, but Jankovic fought back to pull level at 5-5 and took the lead with a point from the next set as well. Peer kept at it and eventually pulled a come-from-behind first set victory and breezed through the second set in far more comfortable fashion.

Finally, World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka knocked out German rising star Mona Barthel 6-1 6-0.