2019 WTA Qatar Total Open - Premier

32-player draw, four R1 byes. Four qualie matches still to be played, Strycova/Al Nabhani is the only R1 match today.

Draw pdf

Simona/Karolina/Angie/Elina get the byes.

Barty was scheduled to play Martic, but Martic withdrew. Barty then withdrew after her long Fed Cup weekend, breaking up the Sevastova/Julia R1 match.

Aussie Darcy

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Stosur manages to lose to Blinkova. Lucky for her Barty and Wang withdrew so there's 2 lucky loser spots and she was the 4th qualifying seed so chances are she'll get one.

Aussie Darcy

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Sevastova losing in the first round means Serena Williams will be back in the top 10 for the first time since July 2017.

She's played just 8 tournaments. 2 slam finals and a slam QF.

Aussie Darcy

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Also, Sloane, Halep and Pliskova are fighting for the #2 spot.

Sloane currently sitting at a new career high #2 in the live rankings but Halep can overtake her with a win over Tsurenko.

If Halep loses to Tsurenko then Pliskova has a chance to become #2 with the title.


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The Ukrainian site allowing quick switching of matches at very good clarity is back in a new version.
It still works but I hope they fix the website soon.

PC: https://1xsone.com/sportzone/SportZone_1.5.1.exe [download and install by clicking twice]
Android: https://1xsone.com/sportzone/SportZone_1.2.3.apk
IOS: https://1xsone.com/sportzone/SportZone_1.6.1.dmg
Seems OK, but it's your responsibility as to viruses, etc.
Once installed, open the program. It generates its own browsing window.
Click on top left triangle.
Select Tennis.
Select tournament.
Select match
Click Play.
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So Karolina quit & was replaced by...

Her evil left-handed twin. Really would be awesome if they hit from the same wing. Could really screw with the opponent.
Risky Riske forces a third against Julia.

Simona won a LONG game to go up 4-0.

Tsurenko’s Lotto kit is badass though. Also digging Simona’s long sleeve Nike pullover.

Aussie Darcy

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Kerber gets great revenge over Kontaveit and wins in straights.

Her last two matches against Kontaveit? She'd been bagelled twice out of 3 completed sets.

She lost 6-4 6-0 in Rome 2017.
Also lost 6-0 2-0 retired in Stuttgart 2018.
(Both on clay, Angie's worst surface though)

Aussie Darcy

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Goerges has found her game and has fought her way back in this match. Halep was up 4-0 and 5-2. It's 5-4 Halep serving for it again but isn't looking as good now.

Aussie Darcy

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Halep manages to turn around a topsy turvy set and wins 7-1 in the first set breaker. She led 4-0 and 5-2 and had 3 set points before Goerges came right back.

Aussie Darcy

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Got a strong feeling these SF’s will be much better than the Dubai ones next week despite that being Premier 5.

Halep v Svitolina
Kerber v Mertens

Let’s see what we get next week..