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Kvitova to face Wozniacki after Goerges pulls out

236   //    17 Feb 2018, 02:25 IST
Petra Kvitova - cropped
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova will face Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals of the Qatar Open after Julia Goerges withdrew from their last-eight match on Friday.

Kvitova, seeded 16th for the WTA Premier 5 event in Doha, broke her German opponent, who is 11 places above her in the rankings at world number 10, in the third game before taking the opening set 6-4.

The Czech led 2-1 in the second when ninth seed Goerges was forced to bring a premature conclusion to the contest.

Wozniacki, the Australian Open champion, had earlier seen off Angelique Kerber in a thrilling three-set contest that secured the Dane's status as world number one, Simona Halep having also been forced to pull out of the tournament despite reaching the semi-finals with a victory over CiCi Bellis.

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