Qatar Ladies Open

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Qatar Ladies Open
Qatar Total Open logo.jpg
Tournament information
Founded 2001; 16 years ago (2001)
Location Doha
Qatar
Venue Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
Category Premier (2011, 2015, since 2017)
Premier 5 (2012–2014, 2016)
Surface Hard - outdoors
Draw 28S / 32Q / 16D
Prize money US$710,900 (2017)
Website qatartennis.org
Current champions (2017)
Women's singles Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Women's doubles United States Abigail Spears
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik

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.

History[edit]

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 finals[edit]

Victoria Azarenka serving at the 2012 Qatar Ladies Open

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
↓  Tier III tournament  ↓
2001 Switzerland Martina Hingis France Sandrine Testud 6–3, 6–2
2002 United States Monica Seles Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 7–6(8–6), 6–3
2003 Russia Anastasia Myskina Russia Elena Likhovtseva 6–3, 6–1
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2004 Russia Anastasia Myskina (2) Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 4–6, 6–4, 6–4 
2005 Russia Maria Sharapova Australia Alicia Molik 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 
2006 Russia Nadia Petrova France Amélie Mauresmo 6–3, 7–5
2007 Belgium Justine Henin Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–2
↓  Tier I tournament  ↓
2008 Russia Maria Sharapova (2) Russia Vera Zvonareva 6–1, 2–6, 6–0
2009-2010 Not Held
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2011 Russia Vera Zvonareva Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4 
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2012 Belarus Victoria Azarenka Australia Samantha Stosur 6–1, 6–2
2013 Belarus Victoria Azarenka (2) United States Serena Williams 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–3
2014 Romania Simona Halep Germany Angelique Kerber 6–2, 6–3
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2015 Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 6–3
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2016 Spain Carla Suárez Navarro Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko 1–6, 6–4, 6–4
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2017 Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–4

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
↓  Tier III tournament  ↓
2001 France Sandrine Testud
Italy Roberta Vinci
Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
7–5, 7–6
2002 Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
France Alexandra Fusai
Netherlands Caroline Vis
6–3, 6–3
2003 Chinese Taipei Janet Lee
Indonesia Wynne Prakusya
Venezuela María Vento-Kabchi
Indonesia Angelique Widjaja
6–1, 6–3
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2004 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Conchita Martínez
7–6, 6–2
2005 Italy Francesca Schiavone
Australia Alicia Molik
Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
6–3, 6–4
2006 Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
6–4, 6–4
2007 Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–1, 6–1
↓  Tier I tournament  ↓
2008 Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–1, 5–7, [10–7]
2009-2010 Not Held
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2011 Czech Republic Květa Peschke (2)
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
7–5, 6–7(2–7) , [10–8]
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2012 United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
6–3, 6–1
2013 Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci (2)
Russia Nadia Petrova
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
2–6, 6–3, [10–6]
2014 Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–0
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2015 United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
India Sania Mirza
6–4, 6–4
↓  Premier 5 tournament   ↓
2016 Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Italy Sara Errani
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
6–3, 6–3
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2017 United States Abigail Spears (2)
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik (2)
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
6–3, 7–6(9–7)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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