With a stacked draw here in Doha, Day-1 of the Qatar Total Open 2015 saw plenty of competitive 3-set battles. Four moved into the main draw after winning their Final round qualifying matches, and a pair of Americans won the first doubles match of the tournament.
Venus Williams and Flavia Pennetta both made impressive comebacks in their First Round matches. Venus dropped the first set 3-6 against the inspired play of Casey Dellaqua, who came into 2015 ranked inside the top-30 for the first time in her career. Venus made the proper adjustments in the second, imposed her will on the Aussie and only gave-up five games the rest of the way. Flavia Pennetta, meanwhile, struggled with the windy conditions and tightness in her upper-thigh at the top of her match with Svetlana Kuznetsova. She’d eventually overcome both, and her opponent, winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. After the match, she admitted that the colder and tricky conditions contributed to her tightness, and she was happy to be through to the Second round. She’ll now face Agnieszka Radwanska, whom Flavia defeated twice last year in straight sets…in Dubai and then the Indian Wells Final, where she won her 10th career title.
In other Day-1 matches, Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova took-out Sabine Lisicki, Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears advanced, and four qualifiers entered the main-draw: Kirsten Flipkens, Stefanie Voegele, Alexandra Dulgeru and Daria Gavrilova.
RESULTS. Qatar Total Open 2015. Qualifying Finals.
 [WC] Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 63 64
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 36 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d Saisai Zheng (CHN) 61 60
Daria Gavrilova (RUS) d Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 16 63 64
RESULTS. Qatar Total Open 2015. First Round Singles.
 V. Williams (USA) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) 36 62 61
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d  A. Kerber (GER) 60 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d S. Stosur (AUS) 76(3) 64
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d S. Lisicki (GER) 75 64
F. Pennetta (ITA) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 64 62
RESULTS. Qatar Total Open 2015. First Round Doubles.
 R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 76(2) 64
Tuesday. Qatar Total Open 2015. Day Two. First Round Singles.
 Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs.[Q] Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
 Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
Alize Cornet (FRA) vs. [Q] Alexandra Dulgeru (ROU)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [Q] Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. [Q] Daria Gavrilova (RUS)
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) vs. [WC] Ons Jabeur (TUN)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. [LL] SaiSai Zheng (CHN)
Tuesday. Qatar Total Open 2015. Day Two. Second Round Singles.
 Venus Williams (USA) vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (8:00p match)
Tuesday. Qatar Total Open 2015. Day Two. First Round Doubles.
 S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
 E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs. [Alt] D. Jurak (CRO) / K. Koukalova (CZE)
 M. Hingis (SUI) / F. Pennetta (ITA) vs H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)
G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
K. Pliskova (CZE) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Erakovic (NZL)
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) / K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [WC] F. Al Nabhani (OMA) / S. Zheng (CHN)