Qatar Ladies Open
The Qatar Ladies Open, known as the Qatar Total Open for sponsorship reasons, 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|
|Venue||Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex|
|Category||Premier (2011, 2015, 2017, 2019)|
Premier 5 (2012–2014, 2016, 2018)
|Surface||Hard - outdoors|
|Draw||28S / 32Q / 16D|
|Prize money||US$916,131 (2019)|
|Current champions (2019)|
|Women's singles||Elise Mertens|
|Women's doubles|| Chan Hao-ching|
The first tournament was held in 2001 as Qatar Total FinaElf Open for the prize money of $170,000, as a Tier III tournament. In 2004, the tournament got Tier II category because of an increase in prize money to $585,000, and in 2007 to $600,000. 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. 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). 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. Its prize money as of 2016 was $2,517,250 and the tournament director is Saad Al Mohannadi.
- "2001 Results". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "Doha results 2004". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
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- "Qatar 2008 results and prize money". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "2011 Qatar Ladies Open information" (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex rebuild". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "WTA tournaments 2016". Retrieved 4 April 2016.