From ball-up, the Qatar Total Open 2017 quickly became the most challenging event of the WTA’s young season. Nearly half the field, including the eventual champion, played Fed Cup prior to the tournament’s launch on Monday; forcing players to scramble for flights late Sunday and early Monday just to get to Doha.
Then, when they arrived, the rain was relentless.
Because of the scheduling challenges, Monday’s first two matches on Center Court were final round qualifying matches. Thanks to the rain…by the end of the day, only one main-draw 1st-Round match was completed.
Karolina Pliskova eventually earned her 8th career title. The #2-seed enjoyed a 1st-Round bye, defeated Caroline Garcia on Thursday, Shuai Zhang and Dominica Cibulkova on Friday, and 2011 Finalist Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday. Essentially it was a 3-day, 4-match tournament for the World #3, where she earned her first career-wins over both Cibulkova and Wozniacki.
In doubles, champions Katarina Srebotnik and Abigail Spears managed to glide through the draw without having to pull double duty. They overcame Yaroslava Shvedova and Olga Savchuk – who remarkably managed to reach her 3rd Final of the year on Saturday. To reach the Championship clash, Yaroslava and Olga won both their Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches on Friday, winning both in “match tie-breaks.” With a walk-over in the first round, thanks to the rain, they essentially played the entire tournament in just over 24-hours.
Qatar Total Open 2017 Singles Champion
 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) def. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Qatar Total Open 2017 Doubles Champions
 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) / Abigail Spears (USA) def. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) / Olga Savchuk (UKR)
15-YEARS. QATAR TOTAL OPEN CHAMPIONS:
2017 Karolina Pliskova
2016 Carla Suarez Navarro
2015 Lucie Safarova
2014 Simona Halep
2013 Victoria Azarenka
2012 Victoria Azarenka
2011 Vera Zvonareva
2008 Maria Sharapova
2007 Justine Henin
2006 Nadia Petrova
2005 Maria Sharapova
2004 Anastasia Myskina
2003 Anastasia Myskina
2002 Monica Seles
2001 Martina Hingis
2017 Katarina Srebotnik / Abigail Spears
2016 Yung-Jan Chan / Hao-Ching Chan
2015 Raquel Atawo / Abigail Spears
2014 Shuai Peng / Su-Wei Hsieh
2013 Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2012 Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond
2011 Kveta Peschke / Katarina Srebotnik
2008 Kveta Peschke / Rennae Stubbs
2007 Martina Hingis / Maria Kirilenko
2006 Daniela Hantuchova / Ai Sugiyama
2005 Alicia Molik / Francesca Schiavone
2004 Svetlana Kuznetsova / Elena Likhovtseva
2003 Janet Lee / Wynne Prakusya
2002 Janette Husarova / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
2001 Sandrine Testud / Roberta Vinci