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3 seeded players knocked out at Qatar Ladies Open

3 seeded players knocked out at Qatar Ladies Open

Seeded players Francesca Schiavone, Li Na and Shahar Peer were beaten in straights sets in the second round of the Qatar Ladies Open on Wednesday.
Schiavone, the French Open champion and seeded No. 3, lost 7-5, 6-3 to Peng Shuai of China. The fourth-seeded Li was beaten 6-2, 6-1 by Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, and the eighth-seeded Peer went down 6-1, 6-0 to Marion Bartoli of France.
No. 5 Jelena Jankovic was the only seeded player to win, defeating Indian wild card Sania Mirza 6-0, 6-1. But No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Vera Zvonareva are scheduled to play later Wednesday.
Peng broke Schiavone twice in each set and will now play Bartoli in the quarterfinals.
"Playing against Francesca is always difficult, but I was the better player today," Peng said. "She tested me in the first set, but I was more determined."
Schiavone struggled on serve, hitting five double faults.
"I was not confident. I could not do too great," she said. "For me to go out first round or third round is not the problem. I missed a lot of easy balls. I should take some days off perhaps, but there is no time."
Bartoli had three breakpoints in the only game Peer won.
"Shahar has dominated me in the past, so it was nice to get a win against her," said Bartoli, who improved to 3-7 against the Israeli.
Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia rallied to beat Vera Dushevina of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 6 Victoria Azarenka and No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanksa were the other seeded players who bowed out of the tournament earlier.