Qatar Total Open, Doha R3 Preview
?? (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs ?? (Q) Monica Niculescu
Caroline Wozniacki and Monica Niculescu will renew hostilities when they meet at the third round stage of the Qatar Total Open on Thursday. Wozniacki has dominated this match-up in the past, the Dane holds a perfect 8-0 record over Niculescu and has dropped just 1 set in their 8 previous encounters. Wozniacki strolled through her opening match in Doha whilst Niculescu has also been impressive, especially in her opening round win over Sharapova. Can Niculescu take her first set off Wozniacki on a hard court or even cause a big upset?
Caroline Wozniacki made an impressive start to her 2018 Doha campaign on Wednesday evening, the world number 1 thrashed Germany’s Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-0. Wozniacki reached the final in Doha last year and will look to go one step further in 2018, Doha is one WTA tournament that Wozniacki has never won so she will be motivated to change that.
Monica Niculescu started her Doha campaign with one of the biggest wins of her career. The Romanian stunned Maria Sharapova, coming from a set and a break down to win 4-6 6-4 6-3. Niculescu fought her way into the main draw in Doha with a few straight set wins in the qualifying draw and secured her spot in the third round courtesy of Magdalena Rybarikova retiring in the third set due to injury.
This has proven to be a very good match-up for Wozniacki. Wozniacki has won all 8 of their previous matches, the first 7 were all on a hard court and all ended in straight set wins for Wozniacki. Niculescu averaged 2.4 games won per set in their 7 hard court meetings. More recently, Niculescu did push Wozniacki to a third set on clay in Madrid last year.