Angelique Kerber stayed red hot by coming from behind to erase her ninth- seeded fellow German Lisicki 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, while promising Romanian Simona Halep upended a 15th-seeded Hantuchova 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) on the hardcourts at Khalifa International Tennis Complex. Kerber captured her first-ever WTA title in Paris last week.
The top-eight seeds here -- world No. 1 and Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, defending Doha titlist Vera Zvonareva, French Open runner-up Francesca Schiavone and former top-ranked star Jelena Jankovic -- all received byes into the second round. Zvonareva, also the Doha runner-up in 2008, beat Wozniacki for last year's title here.
The 2012 Doha champion will earn a first prize of $385,000.