The first Premier-5 event of the season takes place in Doha, capital of Qatar, with four of the world's top five WTA players leading a star-studded field at the Qatar Total Open from 23-29 February 2020.
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WTA Doha tennis is live from 23-29 February 2020 with play starting around 2pm local/11am GMT. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the match alongside in-play betting.
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WTA Doha Tournament Schedule
|Sunday 23 February, 2pm local/11am GMT||R1|
|Monday 24 February, 2pm local/11am GMT||R1 & R2|
|Tuesday 25 February, 2pm local/11am GMT||R2|
|Wednesday 26 February, 2pm local/11am GMT||R16|
|Thursday 27 February, 2pm local/11am GMT||Quarterfinals|
|Friday 28 February, 2pm local/11am GMT||Semifinals|
|Saturday 29 February, 2pm local/11am GMT||Final|
WTA Doha Players 2020
One of five Premier-5 tournaments held throughout the WTA Tour season, the Qatar Total Open always attracts a strong field and the 2020 edition is no exception – only four players have confirmed their appearance thus far, but those four are all currently ranked within the WTA’s top five.
World no. 1 Barty will lead the field at the Qatar Total Open after confirming her hold on the top spot by winning her first title of 2020 at the Adelaide International in January.
A proud Australian, Barty won four WTA Tour titles during a stellar 2019 season which saw her claim her maiden major title at the French Open and triumph at the season-ending WTA Finals Shenzhen.
Champion in Doha in 2017, the big-serving Pliskova is known as the ‘Ace Queen’. The world no. 2 is a former US Open finalist who won the sixteenth WTA Tour title of her career in January at the 2020 Brisbane International.
Another former WTA Doha champion who claimed the title during her breakthrough 2014 season when she defeated Angelique Kerber in the final, Halep won her first major title at the French Open in 2018 and went on to triumph at Wimbledon in 2019.
The Romanian, who finished runner-up to Elise Mertens at the 2019 Qatar Total Open, has won 19 WTA Tour titles and spent 64 weeks as the world no. 1.
Ukraine’s Svitolina has been ranked as high as world no. 3 and won the season-ending WTA Finals in 2018. She has won 13 singles titles and was a semifinalist at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019.
Check back here for more player news closer to the beginning of the 2020 Qatar Total Open on Sunday 23 February.
About the Qatar Total Open
WTA Doha has a unique structure: It alternates as a Premier and Premier-5 level event with WTA Dubai each year. As a Premier 5-level event, Doha is the first of five on the calendar, joining Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal and Wuhan in offering 900 ranking points to its champion as well as $2 million in prize money – which explains its success in attracting packed and star-studded fields. In 2014, for example, the 64-woman draw included Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Halep, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitova. As a Premier event, the tournament still attracts immensely strong fields as it provides an opportunity for the world’s top players to warm up for the Premier-5 level event in Dubai. In 2019 the Qatar Total Open is a Premier-5 event.
First played in 2001, the Qatar Total Open in Doha has evolved from a Tier III tournament to a Premier 5 event which is the showpiece of the WTA Tour in the Middle East and continues to adapt and expand. Played at the Khalifa International Tennis Centre, which was the venue in 2009-10 for the WTA Tour’s season-ending championships as the tournament took a hiatus, the Qatar Total Open forms a double bill with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Doha, the economic and cultural capital of Qatar, committed back in 2001 to growing interest in women’s tennis in the region and was rewarded when five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis took the inaugural title, defeating France’s Sabine Testud in the final. Nine-time Grand Slam Monica Seles took the title in 2002, followed by 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina in 2003 – who returned to win back-to-back WTA Doha trophies in 2004 when the tournament was upgraded to Tier II status.
Russian players have always been successful at the Qatar Total Open and Maria Sharapova followed Myskina in the list of champions, defeating Alicia Molik in 2005 before Nadia Petrova defeated Amelie Mauresmo in 2006. Yet another luminary, seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin, was the winner in 2007 over Svetlana Kuznetsova before the tournament was once again upgraded to a Tier I and Sharapova took her second title.
After the hiatus in 2009-10 while Doha hosted the WTA Finals, Vera Zvonareva won the tournament – now a Premier – in 2011 before Victoria Azarenka became the second player to win back-to-back titles in 2012-13 at what was now a Premier 5 event, defeating Samantha Stosur and Serena Williams respectively.
The 2014 Qatar Total Open saw Simona Halep crown her status as the breakthrough star of the season with the biggest title of her young career as she defeated Kaia Kanepi, Annika Beck, Sara Errani, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber to claim the WTA Doha title. Halep would go on to reach the French Open final, setting a precedent that would be followed by Lucie Safarova in 2015.
With a star-studded field including Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams, it was Safarova – long a stalwart of the top 20 – who took her powerful left-handed game to new heights at the Khalifa International Tennis Centre in 2015. Unseeded, Safarova defeated former US Open champion Sam Stosur and seeds Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic and Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the final, where she faced another unseeded player – 2012-13 Doha champion Victoria Azarenka. The former world no. 1, trying to rebuild her ranking after injury, had beaten Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams to reach the final but it was Safarova who went on to claim the biggest title of her career so far with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. The Czech would go on to reach the French Open final in the summer, losing to Serena Williams.
The 2016 Qatar Total Open draw was headlined by Angelique Kerber, fresh from winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska, but it was unassuming eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro who claimed the biggest title of her career. The diminutive Spanish player with the beautiful one-handed backhand held steady amidst a slew of upsets, beating Radwanska in the semifinals to set up a final against rising star Jelena Ostapenko, the Latvian teenager who defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova on the way to a surprise final appearance. Suarez Navarro’s experience won the day as she recovered from a set down to claim the Doha title.
2017 saw the crowing of Karolina Pliskova as Doha champion, after the Czech came through a rain-hit tournament to capture her second title of the season, and in 2018 another Czech – two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova – became a first-time winner when she defeated Garbine Muguruza in the final. In 2019, the Qatar Total Open crowned its sixth first-time winner in a row as Belgium’s Elise Mertens scored a brilliant victory over 2014 champion Halep in the final to claim the biggest title of her career thus far.
WTA Doha Tournament Information
|WTA Doha||Qatar Total Open|
|Dates||23-29 February 2020|
|Venue||Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex|
|Draw size||64 singles/32 doubles|
|Category||WTA Tour Premier-5|
|Total financial commitment||$2,939,695|
|Reigning singles champion||Elise Mertens|
|Reigning doubles champions||Chan Hao-ching/Latisha Chan|
WTA Doha Ranking Points
Here is a breakdown of the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at a Premier-5 tournament like the Qatar Total Open.
|Round of 16||105|
WTA Doha Champions
Here is a complete list of players who have won the Qatar Total Open as well as the category of the tournament at that time.
Players still active in singles are given in bold.
|2001||Martina Hingis||Sandrine Testud||Tier III|
|2002||Monica Seles||Tamarine Tanasugarn||Tier III|
|2003||Anastasia Myskina||Elena Likhovtseva||Tier III|
|2004||Anastasia Myskina (2)||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Tier II|
|2005||Maria Sharapova||Alicia Molik||Tier II|
|2006||Nadia Petrova||Amelie Mauresmo||Tier II|
|2007||Justine Henin||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Tier II|
|2008||Maria Sharapova (2)||Vera Zvonareva||Tier I|
|2011||Vera Zvonareva||Caroline Wozniacki||Premier|
|2012||Victoria Azarenka||Samantha Stosur||Premier-5|
|2013||Victoria Azarenka (2)||Serena Williams||Premier-5|
|2014||Simona Halep||Angelique Kerber||Premier-5|
|2015||Lucie Safarova||Victoria Azarenka||Premier|
|2016||Carla Suarez Navarro||Jelena Ostapenko||Premier-5|
|2017||Karolina Pliskova||Caroline Wozniacki||Premier|
|2018||Petra Kvitova||Garbine Muguruza||Premier-5|
|2019||Elise Mertens||Simona Halep||Premier|