Dubai, – Wildcard Mona Barthel rolled into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, dispatching former No.1 Jelena Jankovic while Samantha Stosur also advanced.
A former World No.23, Barthel spent most of 2016 dealing with a serious of illnesses and injuries, causing her to fall out of the Top 100. She kickstarted the new year with a run to the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Earlier in the day, No.12 seed Samantha Stosur eased past Chinese qualifier Zhang Kai-Lin, 6-3, 6-3. Up next for the Qatar Total Open quarterfinalist is either Zhang Shuai or Ana Konjuh.
Around the grounds, No.15 seed Caroline Garcia knocked out Johanna Larsson, 6-3, 6-3, while two-time Grand Slam semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova dispatched qualifier Zhu Lin, 6-3, 6-1.
In another match, Japanese Naomi Osaka advanced over qualifier Chang Kai-Chen, and in the biggest upset of the day, Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur stunned No.14 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-4.
Source: Qatar News Agency