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Maria Sharapova Wins Qatar Total Open Sponsored By Official Airline Qatar Airways

Doha, QATAR – World number five Maria Sharapova continued her remarkable winning streak this year by clinching the Qatar Total Open sponsored by Qatar Airways.

Her three-set victory over fellow Russain Vera Zvonareva ensured a 14-match unbeaten run, which includes triumphing at the Australian Open last month.

As Official Airline of the prestigious Qatar Total Open, Qatar Airways was privileged to fly some of the world’s best players to Doha to take part in the $US2.5m week-long event which ended last night.

In front of a packed crowd at the 5,000-seater Khalifa Tennis Complex, Sharapova overcame a temporary lapse midway through the match to win 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 in what was her second success in Qatar after winning the tournament in 2005.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker hailed this year’s event as the best ever and praised crowd favourite Maria Sharapova for continuing her 2008 unbeaten run in Doha.

“Maria Sharapova has been a firm favourite in Qatar for many years. Her dynamic start to the 2008 season continued over the past week and our congratulations go out to her for a wonderful performance.

“We at Qatar Airways are proud to have been part of this exciting tournament flying players, officials and spectators from around the world for seven days of great tennis.”

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 60 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 81 destinations worldwide.

Beginning March 31, Qatar Airways will launch services from Doha to the southern Chinese industrial city of Guangzhou and expand the number of flights to a host of other destinations in the airline’s rapidly growing network.

Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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