- The 2020 Qatar Total Open will take place February 23-29
- Elise Mertens in the defending champion
- Read below for odds, analysis and our best bets to win this hard court tournament
The 2020 Qatar Total Open will take place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar this week. This is a WTA Premier 5 tournament, and features six of the tour’s top 10 players. Elise Mertens is the defending champion, and currently sits with +2000 odds to win the tournament.
2020 Qatar Total Open Odds
Odds taken February 22.
World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will be returning to action, coming into the tournament as the number one seed and betting favorite.
Barty has earned herself a bye in the first round, but her quarter is no easy match. She will open up against either Laura Siegemund or Yaroslava Shvedova. If she wins that, she could go on to face Elena Rybakina, who has had herself quite the start to 2020.
2020 Qatar Total Open Seeds
|2||Simona Halep (withdrew)|
We could see a potential Australian Open quarterfinals rematch between Barty and Sofia Kenin.
Elise Mertens enters the tournament as the defending champion, though not one of the top-10 seeds. Last year she came back to beat Simona Halep 3-6,6-4,6-3.
She does not receive a first round bye, and will open up against Wang Qiang. The two have faced each other before, and it’s always been a battle. Wang currently leads their head-to-head record 4-1, and all five matches they have played have gone to a third set. The last time Wang beat Mertens was at Wimbledon last year.
Who to Watch
Sofia Kenin and Garbine Muguruza are two players to watch this tournament. Both are in Barty’s quarter, and could face each other in the round of 16. It seems to be set up perfectly for an Australian Open finals rematch early on in the tournament.
Kenin also has a first round bye, and she could see either Dayana Yastremska or Kirsten Flipkens in the second round.
Twenty-year-old Elena Rybakina could be the biggest dark horse of this tournament. Expected to be in the QTA top-20 ranking come Monday, Rybakina has had herself a phenomenal start to 2020. Her controlled power and impressive play have put her into four finals in five tournaments. Rybakina will play Sorana Cirstea in the first round, and could face Barty as early as the round of 16. She recently saw Barty in the third round of the Australian Open, where Barty won 6-3, 6-2.
Depending on how the first round goes, I think Rybakina would be a really good bet here. She is red hot, and despite coming off a loss in the final in Dubai, she did not go down easy. She was able to take the first set from Halep, and made it go to a tiebreak in the third set. With Halep withdrawing from the event, this could be the opportunity for Rybakina to really break through. At +2000 odds, no one’s expecting her to win, but the first round of this tournament has the opportunity to change that.
Aside from Barty, who is the favorite to win the tournament, Sofia Kenin could be a good bet as well. She did win the Australian Open earlier this year, and is playing some of her best tennis as well.
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