Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Wozniacki overcomes Kerber to reach Qatar Total Open semi-finals

Wozniacki overcomes Kerber to reach Qatar Total Open semi-finals

At 4-4 in the first set, Wozniacki - visibly enraged by Niculescu's effort-expressing sounds - went up to chair umpire Emmanuel Joseph to raise her complain.

The 27-year-old Dane triumphed over the Romanian 7-5 6-1, nevertheless, the two-time U.S Open finalist continued to complain about the 17th-ranked doubles player after the match.

Monica Niculescu hit back at Caroline Wozniacki over claims that she was trying to put off her opponent with loud grunting and insisted she had never heard a world No. 1 "talk like that".

The pair swapped break early on but Wozniacki secured a crucial break in the penultimate game on her way to victory.

'It says in the rule book that you're not allowed to grunt when your opponent's about to hit.

"And she will change the grunt according to what she feels like".

Afterwards she complained that her opponent was "a player that tries to get into your head".

She also told Danish TV that her opponent had used "unfair methods".

"I felt pain every day, so it was not easy to manage it".

She now plays a former Australian Open champion, Angelique Kerber, in the last eight on Friday.

The German came from a set down to beat Johanna Konta 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Halep said it is the same injury that affected her run to the Australian Open final in January.

She seemed relatively untroubled, breaking her opponent's serve late in each set to advance to the last eight.

"I am surprised that I could play three matches and to win them".

World number two Halep beat American CiCi Bellis 6-0 6-4, but then revealed she had a right foot injury.

"I think it's definitely a milestone".

Wozniacki will now face Petra Kvitova, who registered her 11th win in a row when Julia Goerges was forced to retire while a set down in their quarter-final, the score 6-4 2-1.

Garbine Muguruza, who beat Caroline Garcia in the last-eight, earns a bye into Sunday's Doha final due to Halep's withdrawal.

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