Czech' s Lucie Safarova returns the ball to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland
during the first day of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha on February 21, 2011.
Safarova advances to 2nd round in Qatar
(AFP) – February 21, 2011
DOHA — Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic made amends for her two previous first round exits here when she stunned the seventh seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in straight sets at the Qatar Ladies Open on Monday.
Safarova, the world number 35 defeated the 10th ranked Radwanska 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to win her first main draw match in the Qatari capital on her third appearance in the tournament which is making a comeback to the WTA regular circuit after two years.
In 2005, Safarova came through the qualifying tournament but lost to Russian Maria Kirilenko and in 2008 she lost to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.
But on Monday the Czech appeared in good touch as she broke her Doha jinx to extend her domination over Radwanska, who she has now beaten three times in their four meetings.
"It's nice to start off with a win, especially in Doha where I've never won a match before," said Safarova, who has won four singles titles.