Angelique Kerber will face the challenge of Tsvetana Pironkova in round two of the WTA Doha Open
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Angelique Kerber is really hitting form at the moment, and she looks set to break into the top twenty this season. The German won last week’s WTA Paris Open, and followed this up by winning a tough opening match in Doha against her Fed Cup team-mate, Sabine Lisicki. At this rate, Kerber could prove to be a dark horse here. She’ll continue with a second round clash against Tsvetana Pironkova.
Pironkova, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, made a comfortable start to this week’s competition by easing past Polona Hercog, 6-0, 6-4. The Bulgarian may only be ranked just inside the top fifty, but she’s proven to be capable of upsetting the odds in the past, and will be looking to raise her game against such an in-form opponent.
There’s no doubting the fact that Kerber is the favourite though. The 24 year-old defeated Pironkova in Nassau last season in straight sets, and many pundits are expecting this to happen again today.