A month after the creme de la creme of men’s tennis entertained Doha fans, the women stars will descend on the Qatari capital.
World No.1 Angelique Kerber heads a glittering field for the 15th WTA Qatar Total Open to be held at the Khalifa International Complex from February 13 to 18.
The 28-year-old had arrived in Doha last year on a high after her maiden Grand Slam triumph in Australia, where she beat the then world No.1 Serena Williams in the final. But the German lost in the opening round to unheralded Chinese player Zheng Saisai and would be keen to make amends.
Also in the fray for the $776,000 prize-money event are WTA Tours Final winner Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Johanna Konta.
In all, 32 players will compete in singles and 16 in doubles.
“It’s a great privilege to host these stars once again in Doha. Qatar has become a home for tennis and we’re as usual ready to showcase the best the game can offer. All hands are on the deck to ensure a very successful tournament and it’s our belief that this year’s event will be greater than the previous one in all aspects,” said Tournament Director Saad Al Mohannadi.
Online ticket sales for the tournament started on the Qatar Tennis Federation website www.qatartennis.org last week.
Tickets will be available at the venue and also at leading malls such as City Center, Land Mark, Villaggio and Mall of Qatar.