By noon Friday, 31-year-old Serena Williams could be the oldest woman to be ranked No. 1 in the world. Chris Evert almost made it to 31 before yielding the ranking, and 7-seeded Petra Kvitova is the only one who can keep Evert’s record intact. So far, the seeds have played out with one exception going into the quarterfinals in Qatar.
(7) Kvitova vs. (2) S. Williams winner at 10:30 a.m. faces (8) Stosur vs. (3) Sharapova at 6:30 a.m. in one semifinal
(1) Azarenka vs. (6) Errani winner at 8:30 a.m. faces (4) A. Radwanska vs. (10) Wozniacki at 11 a.m. in the other semifinal
Urszula and Agnieszka Radwanska are trying to replace the Serena and Venus Williams as the top sister combo in tennis. Thursday Serena scored one for Venus by defeating Urszula Radwanska in less than an our to get one game from the record.
She hopes the seeding continues to hold to form, as seven of the top eight seeds have made it to the quaterfiinals. The only exception was 5-seed Angelique Kerber, who broke the first serve of unseeded Mona Barthel, but was then blitzed in just 61 minues, 6-1, 6-2. Caroline Wozniacki, the 10th seed, then defeated Barthel.