World's top tennis players are coming to Doha

The stars are set to participate in the Qatar Total Open 2019 tennis championship

World's top tennis players are coming to Doha
Angelique Kerber

Just in time for Qatar National Sports Day (our favourite public holiday), some of the best players in women’s tennis are due to arrive in Doha ahead of the annual Qatar Total Open starting February 11.

Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep are part of the star-studded line-up of tennis champions who will keep the audience on edge with their incredible sporting skills.

Naomi Osaka, fresh off the back of her Australian Open success is in incredible form and will certainly go into the tournament as one of the favourites.

On the opposite end, number two seed and 2014 finalist Angelique Kerber, will want to bounce back from her disappointing Open exit to Danielle Collins in the round of 16.

Simona Halep was world number one in 2018 and is the number one seed for the tournament.

She has slowly made her way back from injury since January. She’ll be fresher with more fitness and a match for anybody on the court. She last won the title here in 2014.

The field this year is extremely competitive and also includes 2017 winner Karolina Pliskova and 2016 finalist Jelena Ostapenko.

With more than $3 million in prize money up for grabs, this is one of the tournaments outside of the grand slams and definitely one not to miss.

The event kicks off on Monday February 11 but qualifying rounds take place this week.

The singles draw will consist of five rounds starting from a field of 32, whittled down to the grand final on Saturday February 16.

There’s also a doubles tournament of 16 players with the final played just before the singles final.

We’re super excited for this opportunity to see 32 of the world’s elite athletes at the top of their game.

For those who can’t catch the action live, the matches will also be aired on Bein Sports throughout the week.
QR25 (starting). Feb 11-16, 3.30pm onwards. Khalifa International Stadium Complex, Dafna (4409 6666). For tickets, visit the stadium itself or malls including Landmark, Villaggio and City Centre. To purchase online, visit www.qatartennis.org.

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