Azarenka and A.Radwanska advance to Doha semi-finals

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The second quarter final was between top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and the Italian 6th seed Sara Errani. Azarenka led the head to head stat 4-1, with Errani winning in three sets in Moscow in 2008, but these two players did not meet in the entire 2012 season when Errani really started to fly. Azarenka found her range against the diminutive Italian quickly and ran through the first set 6-2 in 43 minutes. The second set saw Errani break in the first game, but Azarenka broke straight back and went on to lead 4-1 before Errani held for 2-4, but she did not get another game, with Azarenka winning 6-2 6-2 on just under an hour and a half.

The final singles match of the day was between Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane led the head to head 5-2 with Radwanska winning their last two meetings, both in 2012. Radwanska broke in the first game and never let go of her advantage, getting another break and taking the first set 6-2. Wozniacki also began the second set and broke to lead 2-0 and she did not let her lead slip until she was 5-3 and 30-0 serving for the set, but the wily Radwanska came back at her to break and then not drop another game, to take the set 7-5.

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