Doha, Qatar: World Number Seven Elina Svitolina received a wild card entry to participate in the Qatar Total Open 2019 to be held from February 11 to 16 at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.
The 24-year-old Ukraine player will be joining a host of other top players at the week-long Premier 5 WTA Tour event.
Besides Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur and Fatima Al Nabhani of Oman will also be featuring in the main draw as wild card entrants.
Currently ranked 56, the 24-year-old Jabeur, a winner of seven singles on the ITF Women's Circuit, is one of the best-known Arab players on the WTA Tour. She won the girls singles title of the 2011 French Open having already reached the final of the same event the previous year.
Nabhani has a win-loss record of 13–7 playing for Oman at the Fed Cup. The 27-year-old has 10 ITF career titles under her belt and she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 362 on October 4, 2010.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s Mubaraka Al Nuaimi and Julia El Baba of Lebanon will have the opportunity of playing in the main draw should they successfully navigate the qualification stages. The two players have been given wild cards to participate in the qualifiers to be held from February 9 to 10.
Held since 2001, the Qatar Total Open has grown to become one of the biggest WTA Tour events in the region and it has consistently featured the world’s top ten players on a regular basis.
The last edition was won by Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova who recorded her 13th consecutive victory by beating Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in a highly entertaining encounter.