The 2012 Qatar Open is a the second MAJOR WTA tournament of the year and one of only 5 Premier FIVE events, which makes it one of the “BIG 14″ each year. The winner of Qatar is equivalent to making the semi finals of a Grand Slam singles event in terms of WTA ranking points. Both achievements earn 900 points. The official tournament name is the Qatar TOTAL Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The 10th year of this event is being played at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar. The women’s event begins on Saturday 11 February with the qualifying singles draw and the Women’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 19 February.
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Qatar is played on Plexipave hard courts and the centre court has a capacity of 6,911 spectators. The total prize money for the 2012 Qatar Open tournament is $2,168,400 US dollars, which is more than triple the amount of last year where it was $721,000! This is because Qatar has been upgraded in 2012 from a Premier event to a top tier Premier FIVE category tournament.
The 2011 Qatar Women’s singles champion was Vera ZVONAREVA who defeated Caroline WOZNIACKI in the final 6-4, 6-4. The 27-year-old Zvonareva is pictured above during the 2011 Qatar Open final in position, focused on the ball and ready to fire another forehand drive. The 1.72m Russian has won 12 career WTA singles so far and achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.2 on 25 October 2010.
Zvonareva achieved her best Grand Slam singles results to date in three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments plus her 2009 Australian Open semi final result. The current World No.8 was the runner-up at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010, then made the semi finals of the 2011 Australian Open.
Zvonareva will be joined at the 2012 Qatar Open by a high quality list of WTA champions, including the past three Grand Slam singles winners Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur and Petra Kvitova plus another three Grand Slam singles champions Francesca Schiavone, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic.
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 900 points + $385,000;
- The runner-up earns 620 points + $192,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 395 points + $96,100;
- The four quarter finalists earn 225 points + $44,250;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 125 points + $22,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 70 points + $11,300;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 1 point + $5,800.
There is a 32-player qualifying draw. The 16 players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1 ranking point and $1,650. The 8 players who lose in the 2nd and final round of qualifying earn 20 ranking points plus $3,200.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 30 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 2nd round onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 30 points for qualifying. Therefore, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 70 points for making the 2nd round plus 30 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round of the main draw earns 100 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2012 Qatar Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 11 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Sunday 12 February: Qualifying 2nd round from 3:30pm;
- Monday 13 February: Main Draw 1st round from 3pm;
- Tuesday 14 February: 1st round from 3pm;
- Wednesday 15 February: 2nd round from 3pm;
- Thursday 16 February: Round of 16 from 3pm;
- Friday 17 February: Quarter Finals from 3pm;
- Saturday 18 February: Semi Finals from 6pm; and
- Sunday 19 February: Women’s Singles Final at 6pm.
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© photo credit: Qatar Tennis Federation