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Finals Day at Qatar Total Open
19 Feb 2012


After six days of intense tennis matches - witnessed by thousands of fans - the best players in the singles and doubles are ready to claim the top prizes at the US$ 2.2 million Qatar Total Open. The top prizes will be handed over to the players who win the singles and doubles final to be played today on the Centre Court at Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex.

Players like Caroline Wozniacki, Lucie Safarova, Ana Ivanovic, Marion Bartoli, Monica Niculesu and Svetlana Kuznetsova regaled fans with their tennis in the singles, with all of them declaring Doha as an enjoyable tennis venue.

But third seed Samantha Stosur was the first one to reach the singles final when her opponent, fifth seed Marion Bartoli of France, pulled out in the first game of the second set because of a right calf injury. The Australian was leading 6-3, and 40-30, in the first game of the second set when the match ended. Bartoli had her right leg looked at by a member of the WTA Tour medical team before deciding to pull out.

"It is sad that the match had to end like this," Stosur said. "We both played a great first set. It was a short match but of a high quality. I tried to do well with my serves and played flat. It is going to be a tough final whoever I play against."

Stosur faces world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus who defeated Agnieska Radwanska in last night's semifinal match. Azarenka has not lost a single match all year as she has won titles in Sydney and the Australian Open before coming to Doha.

It's an All-American doubles final as No 1 seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond take on Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

The winner in the singles will pick up US $ 385,000. The losing finalist in the singles takes home US $ 192,000.