By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Garbiñe Muguruza
  • Defending Champion: Karolina Pliskova
  • Britwatch: Johanna Konta, Naomi Broady (Qualifying)
  • CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract
DOHA, QATAR – The Middle East swing kicks off with the elite women. Defending champion Karolina Pliskova faces tough competition in a stacked field.




Draw & Results

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Order of Play


WTA Doha $3,173,000 SF 17-Feb
P Kvitova [16] (CZE) 36 76(3) 75 C Wozniacki [1] (DEN)
G Muguruza [4] (ESP) WO S Halep [2] (ROU)


WTA Doha $3,173,000 QF 16-Feb
G Muguruza [4] (ESP) 36 61 64 C Garcia [7] (FRA)
S Halep [2] (ROU) 60 64 C Bellis [Q] (USA)
C Wozniacki [1] (DEN) 76(4) 16 63 A Kerber [8] (GER)
P Kvitova [16] (CZE) 62 21 RET J Goerges [9] (GER)


WTA Doha $3,173,000 R3 15-Feb
G Muguruza [4] (ESP) 60 64 S Cirstea (ROU)
C Bellis [Q] (USA) 76(4) 63 K Pliskova [5] (CZE)
C Garcia [7] (FRA) 76(3) 75 A Blinkova [Q] (RUS)
S Halep [2] (ROU) 64 63 A Sevastova [13] (LAT)
J Goerges [9] (GER) 62 62 M Buzarnescu (ROU)
C Wozniacki [1] (DEN) 75 61 M Niculescu [Q] (ROU)
P Kvitova [16] (CZE) 64 75 E Svitolina [3] (UKR)
A Kerber [8] (GER) 16 61 63 J Konta [10] (GBR)


WTA Doha $3,173,000 R2 14-Feb
E Svitolina [3] (UKR) 62 64 M Vondrousova [Q] (CZE)
P Kvitova [16] (CZE) 67(3) 63 64 A Radwanska (POL)
C Bellis [Q] (USA) 62 36 60 M Keys [12] (USA)
A Blinkova [Q] (RUS) 63 63 K Mladenovic [11] (FRA)
A Sevastova [13] (LAT) 64 61 N Osaka [Q] (JPN)
S Halep [2] (ROU) 63 60 E Makarova (RUS)
S Cirstea (ROU) 75 64 E Mertens [15] (BEL)
J Goerges [9] (GER) 62 36 61 B Strycova (CZE)
J Konta [10] (GBR) 62 62 C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
C Wozniacki [1] (DEN) 62 60 C Witthoeft (GER)
M Niculescu [Q] (ROU) 67(6) 62 30 RET M Rybarikova [14] (SVK)
K Pliskova [5] (CZE) 62 63 A Cornet (FRA)
A Kerber [8] (GER) 64 61 S Stosur (AUS)
M Buzarnescu (ROU) 61 63 J Ostapenko [6] 


WTA Doha $3,173,000 R2 13-Feb
G Muguruza [4] (ESP) 63 64 Duan Y-Y [Q] (CHN)
C Garcia [7] (FRA) 63 67(3) 60 D Cibulkova (SVK)
M Keys [12] (USA) 61 64 Wang Q (CHN)
K Mladenovic [11] (FRA) 62 64 Peng S (CHN)
P Kvitova [16] (CZE) 60 63 C Buyukakcay [WC] (TUR)
J Konta [10] (GBR) 76(5) 61 B Pera [Q] (USA)
A Cornet (FRA) 62 61 A Kontaveit (EST)
M Vondrousova [Q] (CZE) 63 61 Y Putintseva (KAZ)
A Sevastova [13] (LAT) 63 64 D Vekic (CRO)
S Cirstea (ROU) 62 63 M Sakkari (GRE)
S Stosur (AUS) 64 62 I-C Begu (ROU)
M Rybarikova [14] (SVK) 63 61 F Al Nabhani [WC] (OMA)
C Witthoeft (GER) 63 60 T Maria (GER)
E Mertens [15] (BEL) 26 61 61 T Babos (HUN)
B Strycova (CZE) 64 64 A Krunic (SRB)
C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 36 63 63 K Bondarenko [Q] (UKR)
J Goerges [9] (GER) 61 75 L Safarova (CZE)


WTA Doha $3,173,000 R1 12-Feb
D Cibulkova (SVK) 76(8) 64 A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
C Bellis [Q] (USA) 65 41 RET D Kasatkina (RUS)
Duan Y-Y [Q] (CHN) 62 63 O Jabeur [WC] (TUN)
M Buzarnescu (ROU) 75 64 L Tsurenko (UKR)
A Blinkova [Q] (RUS) 61 63 E Vesnina (RUS)
E Makarova (RUS) 75 60 Zhang S (CHN)
M Niculescu [Q] (ROU) 46 64 63 M Sharapova [WC] (RUS)
A Radwanska (POL) 36 63 75 M Barthel (GER)
N Osaka [Q] (JPN) 64 60 K Siniakova (CZE)


[1] Caroline Wozniacki

Give credit to Wozniacki – after finally winning her first Grand Slam title in Australia on her third attempt, she gamely flew straight to St Petersburg where she bowed out in the quarter-finals. Given that she lost in the final last year to Karolina Pliskova, she will hope that if she makes the final here for a third time, it will be the charm.

Benefitting from a bye in the first round her quarter-final is set to pit her against a pretty in-form Angelique Kerber who was a whisker away from making the Australian Open final. Kerber will be tricky for the Dane, who has a losing record against the German.


[2] Simona Halep

Simona Halep in the final of the Australian Open, 2018

Simona Halep in the final of the Australian Open, 2018 | (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

You had to feel for the gritty Romanian. She had turned her ankle in the opening round, somehow gutted out a 3 hour 45 minute bash-fest against Lauren Davis, and another gruelling semi-final against Kerber and just ran out of steam as she too was looking for her maiden Slam.

Now looking as though she might have a clothing sponsor, Halep could be on course for a rematch with Wozniacki. Standing in her way at the quarter-final stage is defending champion Pliskova. The Czech has tailed off a little since hitting the top spot last year, but is always a danger on the hard courts, and with Halep having not been quite ready to represent Romania in the Fed Cup, it might be a tough round for her.




[3] Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2018 | (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Svitolina finds herself back in action after the Australian Open with a pretty tricky draw ahead of her. She looks set to meet Petra Kvitova who picked up the title in St Petersburg in pretty dominating form. Bad news indeed because part from their first meeting in 2014, it has been one-way traffic for the Czech and watching her form after that unlucky opening match outing in Melbourne, Kvitova looks in pretty fine fettle.


[4] Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza | WTA Finals, Singapore 2017

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during the first round-robin group match at the 2017 WTA Finals tennis tournament

It has not really been a stellar year for the Spaniard. Injury issues plagued her start of the season, but the news that Conchita Martinez is joining her team once more could revitalise her. She ought to at least make the quarter-finals where she could meet Caroline Garcia, who has had a bit of a rocky start to the year herself.

A back injury in Brisbane saw her leaving the court in tears and although she made the fourth round of the Australian Open, she bounced out of St Petersburg in her opener. An in-form Muguruza ought to progress but it depends how rusty she is or whether she is fully recovered from the injuries that have marred her start to the season.

The Qatar Total Open 2017 takes place between 12-18 February.




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