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Events In Doha & Bogotá On Tap This Week

Victoria Azarenka will put her undefeated season on the line at the Qatar Total Open and will play her first match as World No.1.

Published February 12, 2012 02:52

Events In Doha & Bogotá On Tap This Week
Victoria Azarenka

Doha, Qatar and Bogotá, Colombia are the hosts of WTA Premier and International events, respectively, this week.

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The 10th staging of the Qatar Total Open will take place in Doha on outdoor hardcourts at the facility that hosted the WTA Championships from 2008 to 2010. Six Top 10 players are in the field: No.1 Victoria Azarenka, No.4 Caroline Wozniacki, No.5 Samantha Stosur, No.6 Agnieszka Radwanska, No.7 Marion Bartoli and No.8 Vera Zvonareva, the defending champion and runner-up in 2008.

Undefeated so far this year, Azarenka will be playing for the first time since taking the No.1 ranking from Wozniacki following her Australian Open title. The runner-up in Doha last year, Wozniacki will be playing for the first time since being displaced as No.1. After a disappointing first round loss at the Australian Open, Stosur appears to be back on track after two Fed Cup wins two weekends ago. Radwanska will be playing for the first time since her impressive run to the quarters in Melbourne. Bartoli is fresh off a runner-up showing in Paris last weekend.

Others in the draw to keep an eye on include No.15 seed Daniela Hantuchova and Angelique Kerber. Hantuchova just defended her title in Pattaya City and Kerber just captured her first career title in Paris, though she has a tough opener against No.9 seed Sabine Lisicki.

Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, who won their fifth career title as a duo in Paris, are the top seeds in doubles.

On the outdoor clay at the 15th staging of the XX Copa BBVA Colsanitas in Bogotá, Marina Erakovic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Romina Oprandi and Jelena Dokic are the Top 4 seeds. Erakovic is seeking a return to the form that saw her reach her first career WTA final at Québec City last September. Dulgheru is fresh of a title in Cali on the ITF Women's Circuit. Oprandi is playing for the first time since her third round showing at the Australian Open that included an upset of Francesca Schiavone in the second round. Dokic is a former Top 5 player.

Past champions in the field are seventh-seeded Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Mariana Duque-Mariño. Domínguez Lino, victorious at this event in 2006 and 2011, is playing in Bogotá for the 13th consecutive year. Duque-Mariño took the title in 2010.

Eva Birnerova and Alexandra Panova are the No.1 seeds in doubles, but the team that will get the most attention is Argentines Gisela Dulko and Paola Suárez. Suárez is an all-time great in doubles who is playing her first event since announcing she was coming out of retirement. She has hopes of earning an Olympic medal this summer.

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