Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears won their 11th WTA doubles title together - and seventh at the Premier level - with a huge upset at the Qatar Total Open in Doha.
WTA Staff

DOHA, Qatar - Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears stunned No.1 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Sania Mirza on Saturday to capture their first title of the year at the Premier-level Qatar Total Open.

The No.4-seeded Kops-Jones and Spears, who had already taken out No.2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the semifinals, won a see-saw first set then battled back from 3-0 and 4-2 down to take the second set, the match and the title against the No.1-seeded Hsieh and Mirza, 6-4, 6-4.

"I think we were just trying to stay really focused on our games," Spears said. "They're both really good players, and Su-Wei's so crafty and unpredictable, so we just wanted to focus on our games and our strengths, and I think we did a very good job of that. Even when we got down in the second set, we regrouped and got pumped up again with a good attitude, and got back to what our focus was."

Another reason they may have played well this week was because of their relaxed feelings in Doha.

"It's just so relaxing here - coming to practice, playing, the hotel," Spears added. "The hotel is just such a treat. They have really great amenities. And Doha has so many nice things to see as well."

Kops-Jones and Spears now have 11 WTA doubles titles together. More impressive is that seven of those 11 are Premier-level titles, namely two in 2012 (Carlsbad and Tokyo [Pan Pacific]), two in 2013 (Stanford and Carlsbad), two in 2014 (Birmingham and Cincinnati) and now one in 2015 (Doha).

But while they keep piling on the titles, Kops-Jones and Spears have even loftier goals.

"We always just want to improve, but for results, obviously we want to win a Grand Slam," Kops-Jones said. "Singapore's definitely on our minds too. We got there last year, and we definitely want to get there this year, and win it. And if we think week to week instead of long term, it'll help us."