Popular Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has confirmed she will play in the doubles tournament at the 2015 Qatar Total Open scheduled to begin next week.
The two-time Indian Olympian is regarded as India’s top sportswoman and has a huge following. The official Sania Mirza Facebook fan page has well over eight million people liking it and her Twitter account well over 2.3million followers. The unofficial pages for her are also in the millions.
Mirza has a current WTA doubles ranking of No.5 and 23 doubles titles to her credit as well as 13 finals including Roland Garros in 2011 with Elena Vesnina.
“Sania has such a strong presence wherever she goes around the world, but in Doha, that support is even more prominent. She has proved herself on the court with some fantastic results and is a true quality player. The QTF is extremely happy to have her attend the Qatar Total Open. We know plenty of people will want to watch her play,” said Qatar Total Open Tournament Director Saad Al Mohannadi.
In 2014 Mirza played with Cara Black all year and won the titles in Tokyo, Estoril and the Year-End Championship and was a finalist at four other events; Indian Wells, Stuttgart, Montreal and Beijing.
So far this year significant results have seen Mirza reach the semifinals in Brisbane with Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) and the final in Sydney with Bethanie Mattek-Sands (United States).
She also has three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles to her name and over the weekend made the semifinals of the Australian Open mixed draw with Brazil’s Bruno Soares.
There are 14 nations represented in the 20 player direct entry singles list making the tournament a truly international event where members of the public will almost certainly find a player they can support as their own.
The tournament is held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, 23-28 February with qualifying taking place 21-22 February. Tickets are now available at City Center, Landmark, Lagoona, Villaggio, on-site at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex and from www.qatartennis.org