2014/10/25

Simona Halep Wins Qatar Open

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(February 16, 2014) Simona Halep captured her first title of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber of in the Qatar Open final  in Doha on Sunday. For Halep it’s her seventh career title, she won her first six in 2013.

On the way to the win, Halep knocked out three top ten players – No. 7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, and the No. 9 Kerber in the final.

“I feel very, very good now,” Halep said.  “I’m very happy I could win this tournament. It’s amazing for me, because when I came here I didn’t think I could reach the final, or win even. So it’s amazing. It’s the biggest tournament I’ve won. It’s incredible here in Doha.”

“I made too many easy mistakes at the beginning of the match, but Simona played very well – she played at a high level the whole week,” Kerber said. I was trying to play what I could today, I was giving everything I could, but she deserved to win the title. And I’m still happy about the week.”

For Halep this win represents the biggest WTA title of her career – her third Premier-level title and the one with the most prize money.

When the new rankings are announced on Monday, Halep will move up one spot to a career-high No. 8.

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Peng Shuai to Become No. 1 in Women’s Doubles Next Week

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(February 13, 2014) Peng Shuai will become the No.1 in doubles next week on the WTA tour. She will be the first Chinese tennis player ever to rise to No.1 in either singles or doubles, male or female. She will become the second Asia woman to hold a No. 1 ranking as second Asian woman – Japan’s Ai Sugiyama also reached No.1 in doubles.

She and partner Hsieh Su-Wei opened the Qatar open with a win over Irina Buryachok and Vitalia Diatchenko, 6-2, 6-4.

 

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Li Na Ousted by Qualifier in Doha

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(February 13, 2014) Reigning Australian Open champion Li Na fell victim to Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Qatar Open on Thursday.

Cetkovska, no stranger to upsetting top ten players completed the feat for the eighth time, second time ousting a top three players. She beat a then ranked No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the 2011 Rome

Li could not hold on to a 3-1 lead in the third set in the 2 hour and 46-minute match.

Even with the loss, Li will move up to No. 2 in the world when the rankings come out next week.

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Venus Wins, Stephens Falls in Doha

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(February 10, 2014) Venus Williams returned to the court for the first time since losing in the first round of the Australian Open, while countrywoman Sloane Stephens fell in Doha on Monday.

Williams bested qualifier Petra Martic 6-2, 6-2 to set up a second-round match with former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

No. 2 American Stephens could not find any consistency and lost to qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-5-6-1.

QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 10-February 16, 2014
$2,440,070/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Monday, February 10, 2014
Singles – First Round
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (11) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 63
(Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. (14) Sloane Stephens (USA) 75 61
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(5) 75
Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Petra Martic (CRO) 62 62
Annika Beck (GER) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(5) 62
(Q) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Al Nabhani/Honcova (OMA/SVK) 63 62
Buryachok/Diatchenko (UKR/RUS) d. Dushevina/Parra Santonja (RUS/ESP) 63 26 103 (Match TB)
(WC) Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) d. Lepchenko/Panova (USA/RUS) 76(3) 06 102 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Francesca Schiavone vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Alisa Kleybanova
3. Ana Ivanovic vs. Daniela Hantuchova (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Marina Erakovic vs. Samantha Stosur

Court 1 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Andrea Petkovic vs. Yanina Wickmayer
4. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Court 2 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Kaia Kanepi vs. Varvara Lepchenko
2. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Sorana Cirstea
3. Lucie Safarova vs. Kirsten Flipkens (NB 18.00hrs)
4. Chan/Huber vs. Klemenschits/Olaru

Court 3 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Zhang Shuai vs. Maryna Zanevska
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Cagla Buyukakcay
3. Monica Niculescu vs. Fatma Al Nabhani
4. Pavlyuchenkova/Petrova vs. Beygelzimer/Savchuk

Court 4 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Barthel/Moulton-Levy vs. Kops-Jones/Spears
2. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. Yvonne Meusburger (NB 15.30hrs)
3. Elina Svitolina vs. Klara Zakopalova (NB 18.00hrs)

Court 6 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Jana Cepelova
2. Karin Knapp vs. Caroline Garcia
3. Husarova/Rosolska vs. Raymond/Zhang

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