World primary Caroline Wozniacki cruised through to the third round of the Qatar Open with a commanding straight-units defeat of Carina Witthoeft.
A shock quarterfinal loss within the St Petersburg Women Trophy adopted the first grand slam victory of Wozniacki’s profession at January’s Australian Open, however the 27-yr-previous was in nice fettle as soon as extra in Doha as she dispatched of her 52nd-ranked opponent 6-2 6-zero.
Though the Dane spoke forward of this match of how she already thought-about 2018 to be “a really profitable season” given her triumph in Melbourne, she gave Witthoeft no alternative to take a scalp.
The match was over inside an hour, however the German no less than provided some resistance within the opening set, pegging the rating again to 2-1 with a break of her personal after Wozniacki had charged into the lead.
That didn’t final lengthy and Wozniacki — a finalist right here final yr — dropped only one extra recreation en path to shortly securing an insurmountable benefit.
She was extra dominant nonetheless within the second set and Witthoeft was largely helpless, saving a break level when trailing 5-zero earlier than Wozniacki swiftly sealed victory.
“I’ve had a few of my craziest matches right here,” Wozniacki mirrored afterwards. This was not one among them and she will anticipate harder checks later within the event.