In her 90th week as the World #1, Iga Swiatek hit even more milestones at this year’s Qatar TotalEnergies Open. The 22-year-old hasn’t lost a match in Qatar since her teenage debut 4-years-ago. This week, with triumphs over Sorana Cirstea, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Victoria Azarenka and World #4 Elena Rybakina, Swiatek has earned 12 consecutive Doha match victories, and is the only player in tournament history to lift the falcon 3 times. A record in both Singles and Doubles.
Last year, Iga dropped only five games to defend the title. Not to mention, she only had to play three matches – thanks to Belinda Bencic’s withdrawal before the 2023 Quarterfinals. This week, it happened again. Like Bencic last year, Karolina Pliskova was suffering from success. Before Doha, the former World #1 captured the Transylvania Open title – so by the time Karolina reached the Semi’s, she had played 9 matches in 10 days. On Friday, Pliskova withdrew, while Iga found herself back in the championship match with another walkover.
The championship match with Rybakina was top-shelf, start to finish. Packed with twists, turns, shifts in momentum, bloody shins, exhausting rallies – everything fans crave in a Final. It’s crazy. 2024 isn’t even two months old, yet Elena has already captured two titles (Brisbane-500, Abu Dhabi-500) in three Finals (Doha-1000).
THREE-TIME FINALIST CAPTURES SECOND DOHA DOUBLES TITLE.
Demi Schuurs has become a Doha title-match mainstay. In 2019, she and Anna-Lena Groenefeld reached the Final. Two-years-later, she captured the title alongside Nicole Melichar-Martinez. This year, Demi teamed with Olympic Bronze Medalist Luisa Stefani – and in the tandem’s second event as a team, they lifted the first WTA-1000 trophy of the season.
At the Australian Open, their first event, Stefani and Schuurs fell to the sport’s top pairing Su-Wei Hsieh and Elise Mertens. This week, Demi and Luisa avenged the loss in Doha’s Quarters, and never looked back. In the championship match, Americans Caroline Dolehide and Desirae Krawczyk put up a fight in the first set, but Stefani and Schuurs’ court coverage was impenetrable down the stretch.
ANDY TAYLOR. 2024 QATAR TOTALENERGIES OPEN
Since the 2011 Doha Arab Games, Andy Taylor has been a fixture with the QTF. From the Qatar TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil Open – to the Qatar Classic Squash Championship, the PSA Men’s World Championship, World Padel Championship, and Ooredoo Qatar Major.
For over a decade, he has regularly returned to this gleaming city on the Arabian Gulf; working closely with the Qatar Tennis Federation to showcase professional athletes in tennis, squash and Padel. In the sports community, Andy Taylor is known best as the Voice of the US Open; where his sound has anchored the presentation inside New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium for 22 consecutive years.
A versatile host, emcee and Stadium Announcer – with his individual style and delivery, Andy writes and narrates every player’s introduction, celebrating their career accomplishments, providing context for fans before each match. Afterwards, he interviews the victors, providing fans and international broadcasters further insight on each player’s performance and career. Additionally, as a voice talent, Andy narrates video content used in the stadium and at special events throughout the tournament.