Andrea Petkovic of Germany celebrates a point won against Madison Brengle of the U.S. during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Andy Brownbill
February 24, 2015

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday.

Flipkens, who beat Petkovic in the second round at New Haven last August, showed a good touch in the first set - only to crumble in the second as Petkovic opened up a 4-0 lead.

The 10th-ranked Petkovic was in total control of the third set, with the German winning four games in a row to seal the contest.

Carla Suarez Navarro advanced after fellow Spaniard Garbine Muguruza retired due to a viral illness, with Navarro leading 6-5 after the first set. Jelena Jankovic thrashed China's lucky loser Zheng Saisai 6-0, 6-2, while Karolina Pliskova beat Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 7-6 (4), 6-4.

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