Qatar Open

  • Halep wins first title of year at Doha February 16, 2014

    Doha: Seventhseeded Simona Halep of Romania won her first title of the year with a 62, 63 victory over sixthseeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Qatar Open final on Sunday. It's the seventh career title for Halep, with the other six all won last year. Kerber dropped serve twice in...
  • Top seed Li ousted in Qatar Open third round February 13, 2014

    Doha: Australian Open champion Li Na was upset by Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 76 (2), 26, 64 in the Qatar Open third round on Thursday. The topseeded Li, playing her first tournament since the Australian Open, had a 31 lead in the third set. Li played tentative tennis throughout the 2hour, 46minute...
  • Ivanovic advances to 2nd round in Qatar Open February 12, 2014

    Doha, Qatar: Ninthseeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday after Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova retired from their match with a right knee injury. Ivanovic was leading 75, 10 when Hantuchova withdrew after falling 040 behind in the second game. The match started slowly for...
  • Venus Williams wins opener in Doha February 11, 2014

    Doha: Venus Williams eased past Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 62, 62 to line up a secondround match with former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Qatar Open on Monday. Williams was broken only once, when she led Martic 40. She has an up and down record so far this season, reaching the...
  • Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells and Qatar Open February 8, 2014

    Topranked Serena Williams withdrew Friday from the Qatar Open and the Indian Wells event because of a back injury sustained last month in the Australian Open. The Qatar Open begins Monday in Doha, and the BNP Paribas Open is March 316 in Indian Wells, Calif. In a statement released by the Indian...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Gael Monfils to win Qatar title January 5, 2014

    Doha: Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year in defeating Gael Monfils 61, 67 (5), 62 at the Qatar Open on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world all week long. Although he wasn't in top form in this first...
  • Rafael Nadal sets up Gael Monfils clash in Qatar Open final January 4, 2014

    World number one Rafa Nadal will face Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final of the Qatar Open after surviving a tough test against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in Doha on Friday. The Spaniard, warming up for this month's Australian Open which he missed last year because of illness, dropped the opening...
  • Nadal beats Gojowczyk to reach Qatar Open final January 4, 2014

    Doha: Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Qatar Open on Friday by coming from behind to beat German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 46, 62, 63. Nadal lost the first three games against the 162nd ranked Gojowczyk but came back to level the first set before losing serve again in the...
  • Rafael Nadal reaches Qatar Open semis against qualifier January 3, 2014

    Qatar: Topseeded Rafael Nadal was the only seed remaining at the Qatar Open after he beat seventhseeded Ernests Gulbis 75, 64 in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Nadal is often tested by the 24thranked Gulbis but has yet to lose a match to the Latvian in seven played. This match, which was delayed...
  • Andy Murray beaten by Mayer at Qatar Open January 1, 2014

    Doha: Thirdseeded Andy Murray, playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by Florian Mayer of Germany 36, 64, 62 at the Qatar Open on Wednesday. Murray was leading 63, 30 when the 40thranked Mayer started to play more aggressively, going for winners on nearly every...
  • Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray open seasons with wins at Qatar Open January 1, 2014

    Doha: Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray opened their new seasons with firstround wins at the Qatar Open on the last day of 2013. Thirdseeded Murray had the easiest path to victory on New Year's Eve, barely breaking a sweat during his 60, 60 win over 2,129thranked Qatari wildcard recipient Mousa Shanan...
  • Karlovic beats Berdych in first round at Qatar Open December 31, 2013

    Doha: Fourthseeded Tomas Berdych lost his first match of the season Monday, falling to Ivo Karlovic 76 (6), 76 (4) at the Qatar Open. Karlovic served 25 aces and had 49 winners, while Berdych had eight aces and 28 winners. Neither player managed to break serve. "It's really hard to play...
  • Azarenka beats Williams to win Qatar Open February 18, 2013

    Doha: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams 76 (6), 26, 63 to win the Qatar Open on Sunday, earning her 16th title and ending a 10match losing streak against the American. Azarenka will give up the No. 1 ranking to the secondranked Williams on Monday but extended her current...
  • Serena to face Azarenka in Qatar Open final February 17, 2013

    Doha: A day after securing the No. 1 ranking, Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for a 10th straight time 63, 62 to reach the Qatar Open final on Saturday. Williams faces Victoria Azarenka, whom she will replace at the top in Monday's new rankings. Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 63, 63...
  • Azarenka beats Radwanska in straight sets to reach the final February 16, 2013

    Doha: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka reached the Qatar Open final Saturday by sweeping aside Agnieszka Radwanska 63, 63. Azarenka, who will lose her top ranking to Serena Williams on Monday, has now won 12 of her last 15 meetings with Radwanska and hasn't lost to the fourthranked Pole in almost...
  • Serena becomes oldest woman player at number one February 16, 2013

    Doha: Serena Williams showed tennis was not just the domain of teenagers as she climbed back to the top of the world rankings on Friday, becoming the oldest female to hold the coveted position at the age of 31. The American is world number one for the sixth time in her...
  • Azarenka, Sharapova breeze into Qatar Open semifinals February 15, 2013

    Doha: Topranked Victoria Azarenka stayed on course to retain her Qatar Open title after dispatching Sara Errani 62, 62 on Friday to reach the semifinals. She was joined by Maria Sharapova, who advanced by beating 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 62, 64. Azarenka won all 14 net points in the...
  • Serena on the verge of becoming oldest No. 1 February 15, 2013

    Doha: Serena Williams moved with a victory of becoming the oldest topranked women's player, sweeping aside Urszula Radwanska 60, 63 on Thursday to reach the Qatar Open quarterfinals. If the 31yearold Williams reaches the semifinals by beating seventhseeded Petra Kvitova she will return to No. 1 for the first time...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska reaches quarterfinals of Qatar Open February 14, 2013

    Doha: Agnieszka Radwanska beat an errorprone Ana Ivanovic 61, 76 (6) to reach the Qatar Open quarterfinals, where she was joined by Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday. The fourthranked Radwanska made quick work of the former No. 1 from Serbia in the first set, breaking her four times amid windy conditions. Ivanovic...
  • Azarenka breezes into Qatar Open Round 3 February 13, 2013

    Doha: Fresh off winning a second consecutive Australian Open, topranked Victoria Azarenka breezed into the third round of the Qatar Open with a 62, 63 victory over Romina Oprandi on Wednesday. The defending champion was joined by fourthranked Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Australian qualifier Anastasia Rodionova 63, 62. But American Sloane...
  • Williams, Sharapova advance in Doha February 13, 2013

    Doha: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova eased into the third round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday, dominating their opponents with straightset victories. Williams, who will regain the No. 1 ranking if she reached the semifinals, showed no signs of the back or ankle injuries that troubled her at the...
  • Wozniacki, Ivanovic win in Qatar February 12, 2013

    Doha, Qatar: Former No. 1ranked Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic eased into the second round of the Qatar Open with straightset victories on Monday. The 10thranked Wozniacki beat qualifier Mervana JugicSalkic of BosniaHerzegovina 61, 62, while the 13thranked Ivanovic beat Tamira Paszek 61, 62. Wozniacki had a poor start, losing her...
  • Li Na pulls out of Qatar Open with ankle injury February 8, 2013

    Doha: Li Na has pulled out of next week's Qatar Open due to an ankle she injured in the Australia Open final. Qatar organizers say Timea Babos will replace Li in the main draw. Li was injured in a threeset loss to Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open final. Venus Williams withdrew...
  • Venus Williams pulls out of Qatar Open February 6, 2013

    Doha: Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week's Qatar Open due to an ongoing lower back injury. The 23rdranked Williams has been hampered by back problems since the Australian Open. She missed the Open GDF Suez tournament and will skip the upcoming Fed Cup match against Italy because of the...
  • Gasquet, Davydenko reach Qatar Open final January 5, 2013

    Doha: Nikolay Davydenko and Richard Gasquet advanced to the Qatar Open final, both winning on Friday in straight sets. Davydenko, a former No. 3 who has dropped to 44th in the world, beat topseeded David Ferrer 62, 63. The secondseeded Gasquet overcame German qualifier Daniel Brands 75, 75. Davydenko broke Ferrer...
  • Monfils loses, Ferrer advances at Qatar Open January 4, 2013

    Doha, Qatar: Gael Monfils' comeback from injury took a hit on Thursday when he lost to German qualifier Daniel Brands 61, 75 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open. The Frenchman, who ended his season early in 2012 because of knee problems, beat Philip Kohlschreiber in three sets to reach...
  • Davydenko, Monfils reach quarterfinals at Qatar Open January 3, 2013

    Doha: After struggling with injuries last year, Nikolay Davydenko and Gael Monfils are playing some of their best tennis again at the Qatar Open. Davydenko reached the quarterfinals by beating fourthseeded Mikhail Youzhny 75, 63. He was joined by Monfils, who upset thirdseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 64, 26, 64. Topseeded David Ferrer...
  • Azarenka beats Stosur to Qatar Open title February 20, 2012

    Doha: Topranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open on Sunday, routing Sam Stosur of Australia 61, 62. Azarenka earned her 17th straight victory and first title since replacing Caroline Wozniacki atop the rankings after winning the Australian Open. It was her third...
  • Azarenka to clash with Stosur in Doha final February 19, 2012

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka hobbled with an ankle injury to reach her first final as No 1, downing Agenieszka Radwanska 62, 64 in the Qatar Open on Saturday. Azarenka expects to be OK to meet Sam Stosur in Sunday's final. Stosur advanced from her semifinal after Marion Bartoli retired with a right...
  • Azarenka's journey back from brink to No. 1 February 18, 2012

    Doha: When topranked Victoria Azarenka thinks about her newfound success, she might want to thank Daniela Hantuchova. She was beaten in the first round by the Slovakian at the Qatar Open a year ago, causing a crisis of confidence in the 22yearold Belarusian. She rushed home, ready to tell her family...