Doha, Qatar (Sports Network) - Former world No. 1 stars Caroline Wozniacki and
Ana Ivanovic were a pair of opening-round winners Monday at the $2.369 million
The 10th-seeded 2011 Doha runner-up Wozniacki dismantled Bosnian lucky-loser
Mervana Jugic-Salkic 6-1, 6-2, while the 13th-seeded Ivanovic drilled Austrian
Tamira Paszek 6-1, 6-2 on the hardcourts at Khalifa International Tennis
Another former top-five star, the resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova, moved into
the round of 32 with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 decision against American qualifier
Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova is a two-
time Doha runner-up.
Other Monday winners were Aussie qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, Romanian
Simona Halep, recent Paris champion Mona Barthel of Germany, French qualifier
Caroline Garcia, and Russian lucky-loser Daria Gavrilova.
The top seeds at this star-studded event are world No. 1 and reigning
Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka, U.S. Open and Wimbledon titlist
Serena Williams, French Open champion Maria Sharapova, and Wimbledon runner-up
Agnieszka Radwanska. Williams will meet the unheralded Gavrilova to open
her week, while the two-time Qatar Open titlist Sharapova will open her latest
Doha stay against Garcia.
Azarenka beat former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in last year's Doha finale.
The 2013 Qatar Open champion will claim $426,000.
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