Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina projected to clash in the Doha semifinals. DRAW

Simona and Elina are among the top favorites to win the Qatar Open and they may clash in the semifinals.

Simona Halep Elina Svitolina

Simona Halep is seeded no.1 in Qatar where she may face Elina Svitolina in the semifinals.


Currently ranked no.3, the Romanian has just hired a new coach hoping to get back to her great levels. Since the Romanian is seeded no.1, she will not have to play the 1st round as she received a bye. Simona already won this tournament back in 2014.

Here is Simona’s projected path in Qatar

R1  – Bye
R2  – Garcia
1/4  – Barty
1/2 – Svitolina/Wozniacki
Fin – Ka. Pliskova / Kerber


Currently ranked no.7, Elina has impressed with her form during the last Australian Open where she lost only in the quarters to Naomi Osaka after playing great tennis for the entire event. Svitolina arrived in Qatar straight from Sofia where she was supporting her boyfriend, Gael Monfils. Seeded no.4 in Doha, also Elina has a bye in the 1st round.

This is Elina’s projected path

R1  – Bye
R2  – Ostapenko
1/4  – Wozniacki
1/2 – Halep
Fin – Ka. Pliskova / Kerber

Projected quarters

Here the projected quarters

Halep – Barty
Svitolina – Wozniacki
Kerber – Sevastova
Ka Pliskova – Bertens

The defending champion is Petra Kvitova that has decided not to defend her title.

Here the full draw (courtesy of the WTA)

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