Wozniacki v Sharapova Early at WTA Qatar Total Open; Preview
by Staff | February 11th, 2018, 3:04 pm
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A loaded field revisits the race for No. 1 between Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, and features two unseeded former Slam champions and an unseeded former world No. 2 in Aggie Radwanska among the stars at the WTA’s Qatar Total Open in Doha.


QATAR TOTAL OPEN
DOHA, Qatar; surface: hard

Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges, Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic, Madison Keys, Anastasija Sevastova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Elise Mertens, Petra Kvitova

Floaters: Maria Sharapova, Sam Stosur, Aggie Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, Shuai Peng, Timea Babos, Anett Kontveit, Alize Cornet, Ekaterina Makarova

Notes:

Nine of the Top 10 in the field, and the Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Tough starts for (1) Woz vs. the Tatjana Maria-Carina Witthoeft winner, (14) Rybarikova vs. (WC) Sharapova 2nd rd., (8) Kerber vs. Stosur, (16) Kvitova vs. Radwanska 2nd rd., (9) Goerges vs. Safarova, (11) Mladenovic who can’t buy a win vs. Peng in a first-time meeting, (15) Mertens who has lost to Babos before, (5) Pliskova vs. the Kontaveit-Cornet winner, and (2) Halep vs. Makarova who won their last meeting…

Wozniacki looking at Sharapova in her second match…

In last year’s final Pliskova beat Wozniacki in straight sets…

Halep can take the No. 1 ranking from Wozniacki this week…

Wildcards went to Sharapova, Oman’s Fatma Al-Nabhani, Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay, and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur…

Withdrawing from the tournament were Ashleigh Barty, Ana Konjuh, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and CoCo Vandeweghe…

Former winners in the field are Pliskova (2017), Carla Suarez Navarro (2016), Safarova (2015), Halep (2014), and Sharapova (2008,’05).


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