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Qatar Ladies Open

The Qatar Ladies Open, currently sponsored by Total and called the Qatar Total Open, is a women's tennis tournament held in Doha, Qatar. Held since 2001, this WTA Tour event was a Tier I-tournament in 2008, and was played on outdoor hardcourts. After a two-year break the tournament returned in 2011 and is held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

Qatar Ladies Open
2019 Qatar Total Open
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Tournament information
Founded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
LocationDoha
Qatar
VenueKhalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
CategoryPremier (2011, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Premier 5 (2012–2014, 2016, 2018)
SurfaceHard - outdoors
Draw28S / 32Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$916,131 (2019)
Websiteqatartennis.org
Current champions (2019)
Women's singlesBelgium Elise Mertens
Women's doublesChinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Latisha Chan

HistoryEdit

The first tournament was held in 2001 as Qatar Total FinaElf Open for the prize money of $170,000, as a Tier III tournament.[1] In 2004, the tournament got Tier II category because of an increase in prize money to $585,000,[2] and in 2007 to $600,000.[3] For the 2008 season, which was the last season it was held, the tournament became Tier I for the prize money of $2,500,000.[4] The event then took a two-year break due to the venue hosting the WTA Tour Championship, thus not being played in 2009 or 2010. The tournament returned in 2011 as a Premier Event with the prize money of $721,000 and a 32-competitor singles draw (16-pair doubles draw).[5] The tournament received Premier 5 status from 2012–2014, but in the 2015 WTA Season the tournament was back to a Premier event. It then switched back to being a Premier 5 tournament in 2016, when the Dubai Tennis Championships was downgraded to Premier. Now, the two tournaments alternate between Premier 5 and Premier status every year.

The event is held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex which currently has a capacity of 6,911. It was originally much smaller but had a makeover in 2008.[6] Its prize money as of 2016 was $2,517,250 and the tournament director is Saad Al Mohannadi.[7]

Past finalsEdit

 
Victoria Azarenka serving at the 2012 Qatar Ladies Open
 
Two-time world No. 1. Simona Halep took home her first Premier trophy from the Khalifa International Complex in 2014.

SinglesEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
↓  Tier III tournament  ↓
2001   Martina Hingis   Sandrine Testud 6–3, 6–2
2002   Monica Seles   Tamarine Tanasugarn 7–6(8–6), 6–3
2003   Anastasia Myskina   Elena Likhovtseva 6–3, 6–1
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2004   Anastasia Myskina (2)   Svetlana Kuznetsova 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 
2005   Maria Sharapova   Alicia Molik 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 
2006   Nadia Petrova   Amélie Mauresmo 6–3, 7–5
2007   Justine Henin   Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–2
↓  Tier I tournament  ↓
2008   Maria Sharapova (2)   Vera Zvonareva 6–1, 2–6, 6–0
2009-2010 Not Held
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2011   Vera Zvonareva   Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4 
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2012   Victoria Azarenka   Samantha Stosur 6–1, 6–2
2013   Victoria Azarenka (2)   Serena Williams 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–3
2014   Simona Halep   Angelique Kerber 6–2, 6–3
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2015   Lucie Šafářová   Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 6–3
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2016   Carla Suárez Navarro   Jeļena Ostapenko 1–6, 6–4, 6–4
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2017   Karolína Plíšková   Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–4
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2018   Petra Kvitová   Garbiñe Muguruza 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2019   Elise Mertens   Simona Halep 3–6, 6–4, 6–3

DoublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
↓  Tier III tournament  ↓
2001   Sandrine Testud
  Roberta Vinci
  Kristie Boogert
  Miriam Oremans
7–5, 7–6
2002   Janette Husárová
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Alexandra Fusai
  Caroline Vis
6–3, 6–3
2003   Janet Lee
  Wynne Prakusya
  María Vento-Kabchi
  Angelique Widjaja
6–1, 6–3
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2004   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Elena Likhovtseva
  Janette Husárová
  Conchita Martínez
7–6, 6–2
2005   Francesca Schiavone
  Alicia Molik
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–3, 6–4
2006   Daniela Hantuchová
  Ai Sugiyama
  Li Ting
  Sun Tiantian
6–4, 6–4
2007   Martina Hingis
  Maria Kirilenko
  Ágnes Szávay
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–1, 6–1
↓  Tier I tournament  ↓
2008   Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–1, 5–7, [10–7]
2009-2010 Not Held
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2011   Květa Peschke (2)
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Liezel Huber
  Nadia Petrova
7–5, 6–7(2–7) , [10–8]
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2012   Liezel Huber
  Lisa Raymond
  Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
6–3, 6–1
2013   Sara Errani
  Roberta Vinci (2)
  Nadia Petrova
  Katarina Srebotnik
2–6, 6–3, [10–6]
2014   Hsieh Su-wei
  Peng Shuai
  Květa Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–0
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2015   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Sania Mirza
6–4, 6–4
↓  Premier 5 tournament   ↓
2016   Chan Hao-ching
  Chan Yung-jan
  Sara Errani
  Carla Suárez Navarro
6–3, 6–3
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2017   Abigail Spears (2)
  Katarina Srebotnik (2)
  Olga Savchuk
  Yaroslava Shvedova
6–3, 7–6(9–7)
↓  Premier 5 tournament   ↓
2018   Gabriela Dabrowski
  Jeļena Ostapenko
  Andreja Klepač
  María José Martínez Sánchez
6–3, 6–3
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2019   Chan Hao-ching (2)
  Latisha Chan (2)
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Demi Schuurs
6–1, 3–6, [10–6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2001 Results". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Doha results 2004". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.tennislive.net/wta-women/qatar-total-open-doha-2007/. Retrieved 4 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Qatar 2008 results and prize money". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. ^ "2011 Qatar Ladies Open information" (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex rebuild". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  7. ^ "WTA tournaments 2016". Retrieved 4 April 2016.

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