Brutal Field at WTA Doha; ATP Previews
by Staff | February 21st, 2015, 11:28 pm

Doha, Qatar; Surface: hard

Seeds: Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber
Floaters: Jelena Jankovic, Garbine Muguruza, Lucie Safarova, Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Flavia Pennetta, Victoria Azarenka, Alize Cornet

Notes: Just as many floaters as seeds make for interesting opening meetings from the start in Doha…Tough starts for (1) Kvitova after a bye likely vs. the former No. 1 Jankovic, (5) Makarova vs. Muguruza, (3) Wozniacki vs. the Safarova/Stosur winner, (4) Radwanska vs. the Kuznetsova/Pennetta winner, (8) Kerber vs. Azarenka, and (2) Halep after a bye likely vs. the upset specialist Cornet…Wildcards went to Azarenka, Wozniacki and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur…Pulling from the event were Peng Shuai and Dominika Cibulkova…Halep beat Kerber in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Halep (2014) and Azarenka (2013-12).

Dubai, U.A.E.; Surface: hard

Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Ernests Gulbis, Feliciano Lopez, Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin

Floaters: Marcos Baghdatis, Gilles Muller, Dominic Thiem, Mikhail Youzhny

Notes: Four of the Top 10 in Dubai…Under-the-table oil money pulls in world No. 1 Djokovic, Federer and Murray…Challenging starts for (8) Goffin vs. Baghdatis, (3) Murray vs. the upset specialist Muller, and (2) Federer vs. Youzhny…Wildcards went to Baghdatis, James McGee and Alexander Zverev…Nick Kyrgios withdrew citing a back injury…Djokovic making his first appearance since the Aussie Open…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Doubles wildcards went to Djokovic-Laslo Djere and Federer-Michael Lammer…Federer beat Berdych in last year’s three-set final…Returning former champs in the field are Federer (2014,’12,’07,’05-03) and Djokovic (2013,’11-09) who have combined to win the event in 10 of the last 12 years.

Buenos Aires, Argentina; Surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Pablo Cuevas, Fabio Fognini, Leonardo Mayer, Jiri Vesely, Pablo Andujar, Pablo Carreno Busta

Floaters: Nicolas Almagro

Notes: Nadal a question mark after a cramp-ridden semifinal loss on Saturday at the Rio Open…Not a lot of early challenges besides (7) Andujar opening against Almagro…Wildcards went to Argentines Guido Andreozzi, Renzo Olivo and Horacio Zeballos…David Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Nadal is making his first appearance in Buenos Aires in 10 years…Ferrer passes on the opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Buenos Aires title in a row…Returning former champs in the field are Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Juan Monaco (2007).


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19 Comments for Brutal Field at WTA Doha; ATP Previews

chris ford1 Says:

I think Becker is encouraging Novak to get more doubles time in. Help his transition and net game in singles.
Boris was no John McEnroe or Fed at net, but he did win Olympic doubles gold back in 1992. And we all know if he didn’t have the ideal soft hands, he made up for it with diving enthusiasm at net.

skeezer Says:

^LOL, Boris no Jmac or Fed @ net? Do you know what transition means in Tennis?

jane Says:

i loved watching boris win wimbledon that first time; i mean wow – that teen enthusiasm! :)

skeezer Says:

Yes, and he was a monster in all phases that year!

Hippy Chick Says:

Good field in Doha,in BA its like Deja Vu,mind you think week in Rio there were some pretty interesting competitive matches,considering it was such a weak field….

sienna Says:

its all about building the momentum in Djok Fed H2h. so for it to get some for Federer winning this clearly did not ride him through to wimbly final where Djoker was better player. So fed needs to pace himself in confronting Djokovic with a winning gameplan.
I like Federer to win but not against Djokovic or with aan brilliant gameplan and execution like last year.

Murray will feel the humiliation kick in by reaching semi to confront the maestro should they reach semi. I wonder if he steps down prior for that showdown.

Royce Skepagny Says:

Wonder if Halep will show at Doha after win in Dubai. After she won Doha last yr which was Premiere 5 she pulled out of Dubai which last yr was the lesser tournament. Better sweeten the pot 4 her just 2 make sure she shows.

Colin Says:

Sienna, I don’t think you have a very good insight into Murray’s character if you think he would give up hope and chicken out in advance.

In any case, this, don’t forget,is best of three, a format in which Andy has always posed a problem for Roger, so why should he fear meeting him this week?

While I’m talking about Andy, I disagree with the widely accepted belief that he needs to work on his second serve. I say he needs to work on the first serve, because if he gets that in there won’t BE a second serve!

He wins a quite respectable percentage of points off the second serve anyway, so if he could maintain a first serve percentage in the mid or late seventies, he’d be fine. He’s done it in the past, and I think he could do it again.

jane Says:

interesting thought colin but what if the first serve is “off” in a match? it’s not easy to keep the first serve percentage always in the 70 percent range, even for the best serves. so it comes down to the second, then a player can be in trouble. andy was winning only high 20s to mid 30s percentage-wise on his second serves in his recent losses, which can hurt him as matches wear on against similarly good returners (in this case, nole and simon). i don’t think pete’s right when he says “you’re only as good as your second serve”; however, i think he has a point – it can be a huge help when you’re having an off day, or even on crunch points, and that’s why most pundits think andy should shore up his second.

jane Says:

*the best servers.

the DA Says:

“Murray will feel the humiliation kick in by reaching semi to confront the maestro should they reach semi.”

Yes, after leading their H2H for 5 years he’ll suddenly fear humiliation. lol

“I wonder if he steps down prior for that showdown.”

I sometimes wonder if you’re sentient being or just enjoy trolling.

Royce Skepagny Says:

I must be a soothsayer. Less thn an hr after I posted a comment abt possibility of Halep pulling outta Doha after winning Dubai, she pulls outta Doha. Guess they wudn’t up her appearance fee 2 keep her around. Mistake, Halep’s 1 of a very select few WTA players tht can actually put ppl in the seats. It was shortsighted 2 not make it worthwhile 2 her 2 stay & play.

Royce Skepagny Says:

Sienna catching flak 4 saying Murray wud quake in fear ovr the prospect of Dubai SF showdown wth Fed. Another delusional Fed fan, no doubt. Guess she missed results from AO. Murray made final, Fed lost in 3rd round to Andreas Seppi. U lose to a Seppi, nobody’s quaking in fear of U. Lol

Okiegal Says:

@Royce…..You’re wrong, she’s a major Cilic fan….

Lodhi Says:

“^LOL, Boris no Jmac or Fed @ net? Do you know what transition means in Tennis?”

Every 3 months I come to tennis-x and I see this dude/girl/whatever acting like he’s/she’s the one who knows every darn thing about tennis. What’s up with this person ? How can we all chip in to help him/her deal with his/her existential meaninglessness ?

I’d come back after 3 months to see if any progress was made on this front. Thanks!

Skeezer Says:

Ok, haha and lol. I am fine with my existence, no help is needed. And what prey tell is your contribution here? An opinion, a tale of some sort? Apparently not. Once every 3 mos and that is it? I try to contribute what I know, as do others, It’s not “the word” of Tennis and plenty say otherwise, no harm, no foul. Do you know what the transition game is? Apparently not, or you would have “chipped in”. I am all ears….

Giles Says:

@Lodhi. Your 3 monthly contribution to this site is more than welcome. I think you will find on your next visit here nothing will have changed with regard to that dude you are referring to. He is as thick as two planks, one that can’t decipher the birds from the trees so don’t hold your breath. His knowledge is limited to one number and one name. So sad!

visit here nothing will have changed with regard to that dude you are referring to. He is as thick as two planks, one that doesn’t know the birds from the trees so don’t hold your breath.

Giles Says:

PS. Sorry something went wrong with the text . Last 3 lines double posted.

Gordon Says:

You have to love the creative writing by staff –

“Under-the-table oil money pulls in Djokovic, Federer and Murray.”

Gee, if the tournament was hosted by non-Muslims would you still call it that? Or would you label it what it really is and most commonplace at tournaments around the world – “appearance fees”?

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