Mauresmo to face Petrova

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Top seed Amelie Mauresmo will play second seed Nadia Petrova in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha on Saturday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Top seed Amelie Mauresmo will play second seed Nadia Petrova in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha on Saturday. Both women had straight-sets wins in their semi-finals on Friday - Mauresmo beat Martina Hingis and Petrova beat Ai Sugiyama. Ai Sugiyama struggled against Nadia Petrova in the first semi-final of the Qatar Open on Friday. Petrova's power was too much for her Japanese opponent in the early stages of the match, and she raced to a 4-0 lead. Sugiyama fights back The number two seed broke Sugiyama's service three times in a one-sided first set, winning it by six games to one. The Russian looked like she was heading to a convincing victory in the second set, as she once again moved into a 4-0 lead. But this time Sugiyama was able to mount a comeback. The Japanese woman won five successive games, including two service breaks, to take the lead in the second set and come within two points of levelling the match. The set went into a tiebreak but Petrova was the stronger, sticking to the baseline and taking it comfortably seven points to two. The number two seed went on to win 6-1, 7-6. Hingis struggles Top seed Amelie Mauresmo was far too strong for Martina Hingis in the second semi-final. Hingis, back in action this season after three years in retirement, was struggling after Mauresmo broke serve in the fifth game. Mauresmo needs to win the tournament to regain her place as world number one from Kim Clijsters. And she was in top form as she took the first set 6-2. The Frenchwoman quickly moved ahead in the second set, showing the form that won her first grand slam title at the Australian Open in January, as she won the longest rally of the match to break Hingis' service in the first game. The first five games of the second set all went against serve, but Mauresmo then won four consecutive games to wrap up a comfortable victory 6-2, 6-2. Mauresmo will be looking for her fourth title of the season when she plays Petrova in Saturday's final. (AP)

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