2014 WTA Doha Qatar Total Open Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis) (Sports - WTA Tennis)    

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n3 Na Li CHN
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n6 Petra Kvitova CZE
n7 Sara Errani ITA
n8 Jelena Jankovic SRB
n9 Angelique Kerber GER
n10 Simona Halep ROU
n11 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n14 Roberta Vinci ITA
n16 Samantha Stosur AUS
n17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
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Doha:

#9 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH
Doha:

#10 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Doha, in the final of the Qatar Total Open, the 2013 champion at Bali, Moscow, New Haven, Budapest, 's-Hertogenbosh & Nuremberg, 22 year old 7th seeded #10 (career high: #10) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, won her 7th WTA singles title by defeating the 2013 Linz champion, 26 year old 6th seeded #9 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 6-2, 6-3 (Angelique is shown during the match; Simona is shown holding the gold falcon of the Qatar Tennis Federation afterward).

    Simona scored on 4 of the 7 break points she held against Angelique and totaled 66 points in the match. Angelique, who held only 4 break points against Simona and did not convert any, totaled 48 points.

    Simona said: "I feel very, very good now. I'm very happy I could win this tournament. It's amazing for me, because when I came here I didn't think I could reach the final, or win even. So it's amazing. It's the biggest tournament I've won. It's incredible here in Doha." WTA story

    Angelique said: "I made too many easy mistakes at the beginning of the match, but Simona played very well. She played at a high level the whole week. I was trying to play what I could today, I was giving everything I could, but she deserved to win the title. And I'm still happy about the week."

    Simona and Angelique had met only once before, in 2009 on a hardcourt in the 1st round of an ITF tourney at St. Raphael, France, when Simona defeated Angelique 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

    Simona is now 7-3 in WTA singles finals; all her other titles were won last year. Simona has a 9-3 singles match record in 2014.

    Angelique is 3-7 in WTA singles finals; all of her titles were won indoors. Angie has a 16-5 singles match record this season.

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    Doha: The main draw for Doha has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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2012: On Sunday in Doha, ladies looking good at the players party included Elena Vesnina, Ana Ivanovic, Sorana Cirstea, and top seed Victoria Azarenka...
Doha, 1st Rd, Mon 3:30pm-Tue 2:30pm
losers' prize: $6,630 US; points: 1
n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n30 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-5, 1-0 retired—right knee injury Tue

Ana serving

*n178 wc Alisa Kleybanova RUS d n13 s10 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 5-5 retired—gastrointestinal illness Tue

Alisa fielding a forehand

*n52 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n14 s11 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n16 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS d n50 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n133 q Petra Cetkovska CZE d n18 s14 Sloane Stephens USA 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*n42 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n19 s15 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 7-5, 6-1 Tue
*n28 Lucie Safarova CZE d n20 s16 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 Tue

    Lucie played a rain-postponed Fed Cup match in Spain on Monday. Lucie said: "Klara [Zakopalova] and I flew overnight from Spain, so we didn't sleep at all. We got here at about 11 o'clock and I went to sleep for about half an hour, and then I went straight on court. I'm really exhausted. But I'm happy I was able to win today." WTA story

n21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n122 Tadeja Majeric SLO 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*n99 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n22 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-5, 6-3 Mon
*n47 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n25 Alize Cornet FRA 7-6(6), 7-5 Tue
n26 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n119 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 Tue

    Sori said: "First of all, I'm happy with the resul. I got in at 2 o'clock last night and only had six hours of sleep. Also, I was playing indoors in Fed Cup last week. Here it's outdoors, a different surface, different balls, everything was different. I really had to adjust out there. In the first set I was still trying to find my game a little bit. I adjusted well in the second set but in the third set I knew I just had to keep fighting. She had a match point. Sometimes you lose from match point and sometimes you win, but you just have to keep trying and fighting your best."

n27 Kaia Kanepi EST d n51 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n32 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n43 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3) Tue

Magda about to swat a backhand

    Magdalena said: "It was a very tough match today. Not only does Francesca have a tricky game, but it was pretty windy out there, and the temperature kept changing too. It was hot at the beginning, but then it got colder as the match went on. I'm just happy I could make the second round today." WTA story

n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n39 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-4 Tue

    Klara played rain-postponed Fed Cup matches in Spain on Monday. Klara said: "I was very tired. I slept just one hour at the hotel, so I didn't expect I could win the match, but I was just fighting every point and I won. I don't know how. I'm very happy."

*n73 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n36 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*n106 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n38 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n40 Karin Knapp ITA d n76 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n44 Shuai Peng CHN d n100 q Nadia Petrova RUS 7-6(5), 7-5 Mon

Shuai launching a forehand on the run

n48 Venus Williams USA d n104 q Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Venus driving a backhand

n49 Shuai Zhang CHN d n121 q Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n53 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n172 wc Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n54 Monica Niculescu ROU d n460 wc Fatma al Nabhani OMA 6-1, 6-0 Tue
n55 Annika Beck GER d n64 Mona Barthel GER 7-6(5), 6-2 Mon
*n82 Jana Cepelova SVK d n72 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 7-6(5) Tue

Doha, 2nd Rd, Tue, Wed 3:30pm
losers' prize: $12,900 US; points: 60
n3 s1 Na Li CHN d n32 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

Na driving a running forehand

    It was Na's first match since winning the Australian Open last month. Na said: "It's always exciting and nervous to play your first match back. Also, [Magdalena] already played one match so she knew how the court was feeling. She was playing very well. It was very tough. But nobody said you have to win in two sets or lose in two sets. This is why we play best of three sets. Everyone has their chance. This is tennis. I was just really happy I could win in the end." WTA story

n4 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n26 Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-5, 6-0
n6 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n48 Venus Williams USA 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(7)

   
Venus and Petra driving forehand and backhand

    Petra said: "[Venus] played all out today, and I don't really remember what happened, but I'm happy I was able to come back in the third set. I was fighting for every ball and felt really confident on the court, so it was a great feeling for me. In the end, it was just an incredible tie-break.
    "Even when she's injured or if she's not playing and then coming back, she's always playing great." WTA story

    Venus said: "[Petra] played well. I have to give her credit for that. I think I just started to rush a little too much, and maybe I wanted too much of a big shot instead of just working the point and getting the win... I think I pulled it together towards the end, but she came up with some really great shots."

n7 s4 Sara Errani ITA d n99 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-0, 6-4
n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n40 Karin Knapp ITA 6-0, 6-2
n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n53 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(2), 6-4

Angelique following a backhand

n10 s7 Simona Halep ROU d n27 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
*n73 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n11 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 7-5
*n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
*n82 Jana Cepelova SVK d n16 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
*n106 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n21 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 6-1
n28 Lucie Safarova CZE d n44 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
*n54 Monica Niculescu ROU d n42 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
*n178 wc Alisa Kleybanova RUS d n47 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-3, 6-2
*n133 q Petra Cetkovska CZE d n49 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
*n55 Annika Beck GER d n52 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6(5)-7, 6-2, 6-2
Doha, 3rd Rd, Thu 3:30pm
losers' prize: $25,135 US; points: 105
*n133 q Petra Cetkovska CZE d n3 s1 Na Li CHN 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-4

   
Na and Petra driving forehand and backhand

    Petra struck 21 winners (including 2 aces) with 36 unforced errors (including 11 double faults). Na struck 39 winners (1 ace), but with 60 unforced errors (10 DFs).

    It was Na's first loss this season, after twelve straight match wins. Petra said: "Well, it's difficult to describe at the moment, because I've just sat down after coming from the court, and it's an amazing victory. But I'm very, very happy with the performance today. Even though I was 3-1 down in the third set, I managed to make it and get through. So I'm really, really happy, of course. It's an amazing win for me." WTA story

n4 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n106 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-4, 0-1 retired—low back injury
n6 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n28 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-2

Petra after match point

n7 s4 Sara Errani ITA d n54 Monica Niculescu ROU 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n178 wc Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-1, 6-2
n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-2, 6-3
n10 s7 Simona Halep ROU d n55 Annika Beck GER 6-4, 6-1
n73 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n82 Jana Cepelova SVK 1-6, 6-2, 6-0

Doha, QFs, Fri 3:30pm
losers' prize: $50,700 US; points: 190
n4 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n73 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 6-1
*n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n6 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-1, 6-3

JJ driving a forehand

    Jelena said: "Against top players, like Petra, you have to be at top of your game to have chance to win. I was just sticking to my game plan and luckily it worked. It's nice to be back in the semifinals here." WTA story

*n10 s7 Simona Halep ROU d n7 s4 Sara Errani ITA 6-2, 6-0

Simona after match point

    Simona is playing with an achilles injury. Simona said: "It was a difficult match. I couldn't prepare very well because I'm not 100%. I have an injury, and I can't run very well on the court. But I was very strong mentally and just wanted to focus on every point. [Sara is] a great player and comes back very well and runs very well, so I knew it was important to just stay aggressive and finish the points, and the match, as soon as I could...

    "[The injury is] in my achilles. I feel pain, and when I'm running I feel it. I hope it isn't a very dangerous injury and that it will get better soon." WTA story

n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n133 q Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-1, 6-0

Angelique driving a backhand

Doha, SFs, Sat 3:30pm
losers' prize: $110,100 US; points: 350
*n10 s7 Simona Halep ROU d n4 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-2

Simona after match point

    Simona trailed 2-5 in the 1st set, then won the next 8 games to take a 7-5, 3-0 lead.

    Simona said: "I played really well tonight. When I was 5-2 down in the first set I told myself I have nothing to lose anymore, so I changed the tactics. I was still aggressive but played smarter. I started to play more crosses, more short crosses, and then I tried to finish the points with drive volleys. I also hit more drop shots as it went on. I think I played a complete game tonight. I'm very happy with the way I played." WTA story

    Agneiszka said: "For sure the first set I should have won. I was 5-2 up. It was just one break, but that first set was mine. But [Simona] was playing really well today. Everything was working for her. In some moments she was making unbelievable shots from nowhere from both sides and moving very well. At one point I didn't know what to do to finish the points, because she was just everywhere."

*n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-1, 7-6(6)

Angelique driving a backhand

    Angelique said: "[Jelena] was playing great at the end. I think it was very high level at the end of the second set, and I was just trying to play aggressive in the important moments and stay in the moment and just fighting from point to point. I was just happy that I won this in two sets at the end." WTA story

Doha, Final, Sun 6pm
loser's prize: $220,200 US; points: 585
winner's prize: $441,000 US; points: 900
n10 s7 Simona Halep ROU d n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER 6-2, 6-3

       
Simona driving a backhand, Angelique launching one, and Simona after match point

Doha, Doubles Final, Sun 3:30pm
losers' prize: $63,750 US
winners' prize: $126,000 US
s2 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng d s3 Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-0

Doha, Qual Finals Sun Feb 9 3:30pm
losers' prizes: q1 $1,900 1pt; q2 $3,700 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n52 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n141 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-2, 7-5
n99 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n122 Tadeja Majeric SLO 6-1, 6-4
n100 Nadia Petrova RUS d n187 Yuliya Beygelzimer UKR 6-3, 6-3
n104 Petra Martic CRO d n144 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
n106 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n160 Danka Kovinic MNE 6-4, 6-4
n119 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n129 Claire Feuerstein FRA 6-2, 6-2
n121 Maryna Zanevska UKR d n134 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6(6)-7, 7-6(8), 6-3
n133 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n174 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-2, 3-0 retired

Doha, Withdrawals
n1 Serena Williams USA back injury
n2 Victoria Azarenka BLR foot injury
n15 Sabine Lisicki GER shoulder injury
n17 s13 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP Fed Cup rain postponement
n23 Ekaterina Makarova RUS left shoulder injury
n29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS left hip strain
n31 Jamie Hampton USA right hip injury
n37 Madison Keys USA
n41 Bojana Jovanovski SRB right wrist injury


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