QATAR OPEN

  • Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open February 28, 2015

    Qatar: Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. "It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way...
  • Victoria Azarenka beats Venus Williams for first time at Qatar Open February 28, 2015

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open. A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska lines up Qatar quarter-final with Venus Williams February 26, 2015

    Doha: Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final with Venus Williams in the Qatar Open. Radwanska, who had lost both their previous meetings, including the Indian Wells final in March last year, dropped just 11 points in her seven service games. The...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic advance to second round of Qatar Open February 25, 2015

    Doha: Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday. Flipkens, who beat Petkovic in the second round at New Haven last August, showed a good touch in the first set - only to...
  • Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka wins at Qatar Open February 24, 2015

    Doha: Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Total Open on Monday. The Belarusian, who won in 2012 and 2013, was forced to withdraw last year due to a foot inflammation. Returning to Doha as a wild card entrant, Azarenka needed just 66...
  • David Ferrer beats Tomas Berdych in Qatar Open final January 10, 2015

    Doha: David Ferrer won his 22nd career ATP title when he defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Ferrer broke the third-seeded Berdych in the first game, and raced to 4-1. Berdych hadn't dropped his serve in 34 service games through the semifinals, but surrendered...
  • Tomas Berdych to play Ferrer in Qatar Open final January 10, 2015

    Doha: Third-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic beat Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to set up a Qatar Open final against fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain. Berdych hasn't dropped his serve in four matches this week, winning all 34 service games played. "It's four very good matches which I'm happy with,"...
  • David Ferrer moves into Qatar Open final with win over Ivo Karlovic January 9, 2015

    Qatar: Fourth-seeded David Ferrer defeated seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) to make the Qatar Open final on Friday. Ferrer will play either third-seeded Tomas Berdych or Andreas Seppi of Italy in Saturday's final. There were no service breaks by Ferrer or Karlovic during their intense 2-hour,...
  • Novak Djokovic bounced out of Qatar Open in quarterfinals January 8, 2015

    Doha: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4 while playing through a sandstorm in the Qatar Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Karlovic took advantage of a second break point in the seventh game of the third set with a perfect forehand pass. He never offered...
  • Novak Djokovic eases into Qatar Open quarterfinals January 7, 2015

    Doha: Top seed Novak Djokovic moved his Qatar Open debut into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine on Wednesday. Djokovic won 29 of 34 points when his first serve went in, and saved all three break points he faced. Djokovic will play seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic of...
  • Rafael Nadal crashes out of Qatar Open January 7, 2015

    Doha: Defending champion Rafael Nadal was ousted in the first round of the Qatar Open, losing to German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-1, 3-6, 4-6. Nadal had three break points on Berrer's serve in the final game, but couldn't convert on those opportunities to draw the third set score even to 5-5...
  • Qatar Open: Djokovic wins first match of year in under an hour January 6, 2015

    Doha: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic started off his 2015 season with a swift 6-2, 6-1 win over Serbian countryman Dusan Lajovic at the Qatar Open on Tuesday. Djokovic's first-round victory took 59 minutes. He put 72 percent of his first serves in play, and was successful on five of six break-point opportunities. He...
  • 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...