The main draw of the 2021 Qatar Total Open tennis tournament will be taking place in Doha between the 1st and the 6th of March 2021. The tournament is held every year at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex and is a Premier event in the 2021 WTA tour.
This year marks the 19th edition of the tournament in Qatar and will host a fantastic lineup of players including World #5 Elina Svitolina, #6 Karolína Plíšková, defending champion Aryna Sabalenka, 3x grand slam champion Angelique Kerber, 2x grand slam champions Garbiñe Muguruza, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka and recent Australian Open finalist, Jennifer Brady.
Also included in the field is crowd-favorite Ons Jabeur from Tunisia, who is the highest-ranked Arab player in WTA history, and Mayar Sherif from Egypt, who just last month made history as the first Egyptian female player to win a Grand-Slam main draw match at the 2021 Australian Open.
Jabeur arrives in Doha after a third-round exit to eventual champion Naomi Osaka at this year’s Australian Open. Ranked at #31 in the world, she will begin her Qatar Total Open campaign against a qualifier, but then could potentially set-up a blockbuster match against the No.2 seed Karolína Plíšková in the second round.
Ahead of the tournament, Jabeur told reporters, “Honestly, I want to aim big in these two tournaments. I think it’s a big deal for an Arab man or woman to win one of these tournaments. If I were to win a title, I want it to be in either Doha or Dubai.” She continues, “I love it here. It doesn’t stress me to play in Arab countries. I want to see more tournaments in the Middle East and maybe North Africa.”
Saad Al Mohannadi, the Tournament Director, said “We are delighted with the increasing numbers of stars who have confirmed their participation at the Qatar Total Open 2021. The strength of this year’s field, which includes four of the world’s top-ten, is an indication of the quality of play to be expected at the week-long event. We look forward to another exciting time on the courts of the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex”