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WTA Doha 2018 Live Stream - Qatar Total Open tennis live

Hannah Wilks in News 7 Feb 2018
  • The best in women's tennis are back in Doha for the 2018 Qatar Total Open
  • Qatar Total Open tennis is live from Doha from 12-18 February 2018
Karolina Pliskova. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep will battle for the No. 1 ranking once again as the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka join them in a star-studded 2018 Qatar Total Open field in Doha, live between February 12-18.

Who is playing WTA Doha 2018?

A smorgasbord of top 10 stars and some high-profile wildcards are set to take their place in what is set to be another glittering line-up at the Qatar Total Open in Doha.

Add in a battle for the World No. 1 ranking, and the 2018 Qatar Total Open promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Newly-crowned World No. 1 and Australian Open champion (and last year’s Doha runner-up) Caroline Wozniacki faces an immediate fight for her No. 1 ranking from Simona Halep, whom of course she beat in the final in Melbourne. Halep, the 2014 Doha champion, can regain the top spot if she makes the quarter-finals AND advances one round further than Wozniacki.

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova will be keen to kick-start her season after a somewhat indifferent start, as will Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who’s start to 2018 in Australia was overshadowed by injury. World No. 3 Elina Svitolina also returns from a niggling injury that partially contributed to her tame Australian Open quarter-final exit, while Angelique Kerber also makes her return to competition after a hugely successful Australian summer in which she captured her first title since 2016 in Sydney and reached the Australian Open quarter-finals.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia and Julia Goerges round out a stellar top 10 line-up, while two-time champions Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka have each been awarded wildcards into the WTA Premier 5 event. Sharapova will certainly commit, but there’s still doubt surrounding Azarenka at the time of writing due to her ongoing custody dispute that prohibits her from leaving California with her young son.

Add in some dangerous floaters such as Petra Kvitova, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Elise Mertens and you have all the ingredients for a tournament to remember for years to come!

WTA Doha 2018 Seeds

WTA Doha seeds

1Caroline Wozniacki1Denmark
2Simona Halep2Romania
3Elina Svitolina3Ukraine
4Garbine Muguruza4Spain
5Karolina Pliskova5Czech Republic
6Jelena Ostapenko6Latvia
7Caroline Garcia7France
8Angelique Kerber9Germany

About WTA Doha

WTA Doha has a unique structure: It alternates as a Premier and Premier-5 level event with WTA Dubai each year. As a Premier 5-level event, Doha is the first of five on the calendar, joining Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal and Wuhan in offering 900 ranking points to its champion as well as $2 million in prize money – which explains its success in attracting packed and star-studded fields. In 2014, for example, the 64-woman draw included Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Halep, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitova. As a Premier event, the tournament still attracts immensely strong fields as it provides an opportunity for the world's top players to warm up for the Premier-5 level event in Dubai. In 2018 the Qatar Total Open is a Premier-5-level event.

First played in 2001, the Qatar Total Open in Doha has evolved from a Tier III tournament to a Premier 5 event which is the showpiece of the WTA Tour in the Middle East and continues to adapt and expand. Played at the Khalifa International Tennis Centre, which was the venue in 2009-10 for the WTA Tour’s season-ending championships as the tournament took a hiatus, the Qatar Total Open follows on from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and features an even better field on a yearly basis.

Doha, the economic and cultural capital of Qatar, committed back in 2001 to growing interest in women’s tennis in the region and was rewarded when five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis took the inaugural title, defeating France’s Sabine Testud in the final. Nine-time Grand Slam Monica Seles took the title in 2002, followed by 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina in 2003 – who returned to win back-to-back WTA Doha trophies in 2004 when the tournament was upgraded to Tier II status.

Russian players have always been successful at the Qatar Total Open and Maria Sharapova followed Myskina in the list of champions, defeating Alicia Molik in 2005 before Nadia Petrova defeated Amelie Mauresmo in 2006. Yet another luminary, seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin, was the winner in 2007 over Svetlana Kuznetsova before the tournament was once again upgraded to a Tier I and Sharapova took her second title.

After the hiatus in 2009-10 while Doha hosted the WTA Finals, Vera Zvonareva won the tournament – now a Premier – in 2011 before Victoria Azarenka became the second player to win back-to-back titles in 2012-13 at what was now a Premier 5 event, defeating Samantha Stosur and Serena Williams respectively.

The 2014 Qatar Total Open saw Simona Halep crown her status as the breakthrough star of the season with the biggest title of her young career as she defeated Kaia Kanepi, Annika Beck, Sara Errani, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber to claim the WTA Doha title. Halep would go on to reach the French Open final, setting a precedent that would be followed by Lucie Safarova in 2015.

With a star-studded field including Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams, it was Safarova – long a stalwart of the top 20 – who took her powerful left-handed game to new heights at the Khalifa International Tennis Centre in 2015. Unseeded, Safarova defeated former US Open champion Sam Stosur and seeds Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic and Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the final, where she faced another unseeded player – 2012-13 Doha champion Victoria Azarenka. The former world no. 1, trying to rebuild her ranking after injury, had beaten Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams to reach the final but it was Safarova who went on to claim the biggest title of her career so far with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. The Czech would go on to reach the French Open final in the summer, losing to Serena Williams.

The 2016 Qatar Total Open draw was headlined by Angelique Kerber, fresh from winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska, but it was unassuming eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro who claimed the biggest title of her career. The diminutive Spanish player with the beautiful one-handed backhand held steady amidst a slew of upsets, beating Radwanska in the semifinals to set up a final against rising star Jelena Ostapenko, the Latvian teenager who defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova on the way to a surprise final appearance. Suarez Navarro's experience won the day as she recovered from a set down to claim the Doha title.

2018 saw the crowing of Karolina Pliskova as Doha champion, after the Czech came through a rain-hit tournament to capture her second title of the season. Will Pliskova repeat the feat in 2017, or will someone else rise through a typically open WTA field to take the prestigious title?

WTA Doha Tournament Information

Qatar Total Open Tournament Information

WTA Doha
Dates12-18 February
VenueKhalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
LocationDoha, Qatar
First Played2001
CategoryPremier 5
Draw Size56 Singles/ 16 Doubles
Prize Money$710,900
Reigning Singles' ChampionKarolina Pliskova
Reigning Doubles' ChampionAbigail Spears/ Katarina Srebotnik

WTA Doha Previous Winners

Qatar Total Open Past Champions

2001Martina HingisSandrine Testud
2002Monica SelesTamarine Tanasugarn
2003Anastasia MyskinaElena Likhovtseva
2004Anastasia MyskinaSvetlana Kuznetsova
2005Maria SharapovaAlicia Molik
2006Nadia PetrovaAmelie Mauresmo
2007Justine HeninSvetlana Kuznetsova
2008Maria SharapovaVera Zvonareva
2009-2010Not held
2011Vera ZvonarevaCaroline Wozniacki
2012Victoria AzarenkaSamantha Stosur
2013Victoria AzarenkaSerena Williams
2014Simona HalepAngelique Kerber
2015Lucie SafarovaVictoria Azarenka
2016Carla Suarez NavarroJelena Ostapenko
2017Karolina PliskovaCaroline Wozniacki

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WTA Doha 2018 Live Stream - Qatar Total Open tennis live

Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep will battle for the No. 1 ranking once again as the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka join them in a star-studded 2018 Qatar Total Open field in Doha, live between February 12-18.

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