The 2012 Qatar Open women’s main draw singles 2nd round matches will begin on Wednesday 15 February at 3:30pm local time in Doha, Qatar. The second MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ events in 2012 has 32 players remaining in the 2nd round vying for this prestigious title, 900 WTA ranking points and $385,000 in prize money. The official tournament name is the Qatar TOTAL Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The Top 4 seeds have a bye through to the 2nd round. Eight of the next twelve seeds from No.5 to No.16 won their 1st round matches. The highest seed to be upset was No.9 seed Sabine Lisicki by 2011 US Open semi finalist and last week’s Paris champion Angelique KERBER. Ksenia PERVAK knocked out No.10 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Former Top 1o player Flavia PENNETTA defeated No.11 seed Dominika Cibulkova and Simona HALEP took out last week’s Pattaya champion No.15 seed Daniela Hantuchova.
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Four of the eight qualifiers won their third straight match at the Qatar Open to earn 100 WTA ranking points thus far. Three of these four qualifiers were seeded in the qualifying – (5) Anne KEOTHAVONG, (6) Katernya BONDARENKO and (10) Virginie RAZZANO. Varvara LEPCHENKO has been impressive winning all three matches in straight sets and taking out both the No.2 and No.16 seeds in the qualifying event.
A semi finalist at the 2011 Qatar Women’s was Marion BARTOLI who is featured in both pictures during last year’s tournament. The 27-year-old is captured at the top of this page displaying good upper body posture after making contact with the ball during her service action as she fires the ball towards the advantage court service box. The 1.7m French woman in the picture immediately below displays excellent positioning of her head after making contact with the ball just slightly earlier on in her service action than the picture at the top of this page.
Bartoli has won 7 career WTA singles so far and achieved her best result in a Grand Slam singles event at Wimbledon in 2007 where she was the runner-up. Bartoli was a runner-up in Paris last week and is another WTA player who is achieving her career best results after a number of years on the tour.
Bartoli, a double-handed player with both her forehand and backhand achieved her career-best ranking of No.7 on 30 January 2012. The right-hander also turned in her best result in her home Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2011 by making the semi finals. In addition, Bartoli made the quarter finals for the first time in 2011 at Wimbledon since her 2007 final showing.
The 2012 Qatar Open women’s singles draw for the 2nd round is:
- Victoria AZARENKA (1) v Mona BARTHEL
- Iveta BENESOVA v Simona HALEP
- Ksenia PERVAK v (Q) Virginie RAZZANO
- Yanina WICKMAYER v (7) Francesca SCHIAVONE
- Agnieszka RADWANSKA (4) v (Q) Anne KEOTHAVONG
- Varvara LEPCHENKO (Q) v (16) Julia GOERGES
- PENG Shuai (12) v Christina MCHALE
- Shahar PE’ER v (8) Jelena JANKOVIC
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Vera ZVONAREVA (6) v Monica NICULESCU
- Katernya BONDARENKO (Q) v Flavia PENNETTA
- Ana IVANOVIC (13) v Petra CETKOVSKA
- Sorana CIRSTEA v (3) Samantha STOSUR
- Marion BARTOLI (5) v Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES
- Tsvetana PIRONKOVA v Angelique KERBER
- Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (14) v Maria KIRILENKO
- Lucie SAFAROVA v (2) Caroline WOZNIACKI
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© photo credit: Qatar Tennis Federation