The 2011 Qatar Open is a WTA Premier category tournament played on Plexipave hard courts from February 19 to 26. The 9th year of this event is being played at (after a 2 year break from the WTA) the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar. The official tournament name is the Qatar Ladies Open.
The Qatar women’s event begins on Saturday February 19 with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday February 26. The centre court is has a capacity of 6,911 spectators. The total prize money for the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open tournament is 721,000 US dollars.
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The last time Qatar was held as a WTA event in 2008 the Women’s singles champion was Maria Sharapova who defeated Vera Zvonareva in an all-Russian final 6-1, 2-6, 6-0. The 23-year-old Sharapova has won 22 WTA singles titles and since early January this year officially uses the HEAD YouTek Radical Midplus tennis racquet painted black.
The 1.88m Sharapova is pictured above at the 2011 Australian Open as she is swinging towards the contact point for this forehand drive. The triple Grand Slam singles champion (Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2006 and Australian Open 2008), will have her very own model tennis racquet made especially for her by HEAD in time for the 2011 US Open. The former World No.1 first achieved the No.1 ranking on 22 August 2005 and is currently ranked No.13.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The WTA ranking points and prize money for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 470 points + $111,000;
- The runner-up earns 320 points + $60,700;
- The two semi finalists earn 200 points + $32,500;
- The four quarter finalists earn 120 points + $17,300;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 60 points + $9,525;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 1 point + $5,200.
There is a 32-player qualifying draw. The 24 players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1 ranking point and $750. The 12 players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 8 ranking points plus $1,365. The 6 players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $2,530 and 12 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 20 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, earn just the one point. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round also receive just the one point.
From the round of 16 onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 20 points for qualifying. Therefore, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the round of 16 earns 60 points for making the round of 16 plus 20 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 earns 80 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Qatar Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 19 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 20 February: Qualifying 2nd round from 3pm;
- Monday 21 February: Qualifying 3rd round from 3pm;
- Monday 21 February: Main Draw 1st round from 3pm;
- Tuesday 22 February: 1st round from 3pm;
- Wednesday 23 February: Round of 16 from 3pm;
- Thursday 24 February: Quarter Finals from 3pm;
- Friday 25 February: Semi Finals from 5pm; and
- Saturday 26 February: Women’s Singles Final at 5pm.
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