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Doha, QATAR – Seventh seed Simona Halep of Romania has celebrated her first title of the year by clinching the Qatar Airways sponsored Qatar Total Open 2014 in straight sets against Angelique Kerber.
Halep won the final 6-2, 6-3 to take home the Doha title in front of a packed crowd at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex last night. The victory comes after Halep had previously defeated two other top-10 players at the same event; No.7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals and No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, before taking on ninth-ranked Kerber in the final.
Qatar Airways, the Official Airline of the six-day event, has been a strong supporter of the tournament over the years since it was launched in 2001 as the first professional women’s tennis tournament to be staged in the Middle East.
The airline and its subsidiary Qatar Duty Free (QDF), bronze sponsor of the tournament had a strong presence at the public village with dedicated pavilions offering a range of retail products.
“Qatar Airways is proud to support the Qatar Total Open which brings world-class tennis action from some of the most exceptional players to Doha. Our congratulations go out to Simona Halep for winning this prestigious title in Doha for the first time,” said a spokesperson of the Doha-based airline.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations. It flys a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 134 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with new routes to Sharjah and Dubai World Central, both in the UAE (March 1, 2014), Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, USA (June 10, 2014) and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014).
Notes to Editors:
On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first major Gulf carrier to join the global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.
Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 280 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and the A320 family of aircraft. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.
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