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Dream Final for Qatar Ladies Open
26 Feb 2011
Tennis fans in Qatar will be up for a dream final to the ninth edition of Qatar Ladies Open, when world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark takes on the no. 2 seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia on center court at 18:30 pm local time.

Wozniacki will be looking for her 14th WTA title and the second this year after clinching Dubai Tennis Championships title last week. The 20-year old Dane was in top form since the start of the tournament and had no trouble in reaching the final after knocking out Nadia Petrova (Russia), Flavia Pennetta (Italy) and Marion Bartoli (France) without losing a single set.

On the other hand, Zvonareva reached the final on Friday after a three-set victory over former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic. She also needed more than three hours to get past Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Both players are eager to win the title today with the race over top places in WTA Rankings getting tighter than ever. Wozniacki needs to widen the gap between her and World no. 2 Kim Clijsters, while Zvonareva needs to retain the second place from the veteran Belgian.

The head to head record between the two players is in favor of Wozniacki who defeated Zvonareva in four previous encounters while losing three times. Two of their previous encounters were in the final of WTA tournaments, and Wozniacki won on both occasions.

They also met in the semi-finals of the 2010 WTA Tour Championships in Doha, and again Wozniacki came out winner in two straight sets 7-5 6-0.

Both players also lost finals in Doha, Zvonareva lost the final of the 2008 Qatar Ladies Open against her compatriot Maria Sharapova, while Wozniacki lost the final of the 2010 WTA Tour Championships to Belgium’s Kim Clijsters.

A great game is expected today in the center court, so be there and do not miss the top class tennis, a new champions will add her name to the winners list of Qatar Ladies Open with previous champions, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Nadia Petrova, Anastasia Myskina, Maria Sharapova and Justin Henin.

The singles final will be played after the doubles final which will kick off at 16:00 Doha time and will see no.1 seeds Kveta Peschke (Czech)/Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia) taking on the second seed duo of Liezel Huber (USA)/Nadia Petrova (Russia).

A lot of surprises are in store for the spectators today, in addition to a wonderful closing ceremony, so be their early and do not miss the action.