Doha, Qatar, 15 February 2018 |

Sam Stosur’s Qatar Total Open campaign has ended at the hands of Angelique Kerber.

The German was too strong for Stosur in the second round on Wednesday, beating the Aussie 6-4 6-1 in 59 minutes.

Kerber’s victory sets up a third-round clash with No.10 seed Johanna Konta.

“I think the weather conditions were a little bit strange and tricky today. It was really windy. The sun was a little bit on court. At the end, I think it was for both of us like that,” Kerber told

“I’m happy about the first (match). I mean the first rounds are always tricky, especially for me, so that’s why I think that it was a good match, good start of the tournament for me.”

Stosur had in the first round brushed aside Irina-Camelia Begu.

But she found Kerber – one of the in-form players in 2018, back inside the top 10 with an 11-1 record – a level above in her second match in Doha.

Stosur has now lost five of her last six meetings against the two-time Grand Slam champion.