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So this weeks Take me back Tuesday is only to last Year’s Women Tennis Champions. The tournament has been going since 2001 however there was a break in 2009-2010 as Qatar held the end of season competition for the women for those two years.

As you can see from the previous winners, there has been many famous names who have managed to win the tournament and surprisingly the Williams sisters are absent from the list.

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2001 Switzerland Martina Hingis France Sandrine Testud 6–3, 6–2
2002 United States Monica Seles Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 7–6(6), 6–3
2003 Russia Anastasia Myskina Russia Elena Likhovtseva 6–3, 6–1
2004 Russia Anastasia Myskina Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
2005 Russia Maria Sharapova Australia Alicia Molik 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
2006 Russia Nadia Petrova France Amélie Mauresmo 6–3, 7–5
2007 Belgium Justine Henin Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–2
2008 Russia Maria Sharapova Russia Vera Zvonareva 6–1, 2–6, 6–0
2009-2010 Not Held
2011 Russia Vera Zvonareva Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4
2012 Belarus Victoria Azarenka Australia Samantha Stosur 6–1, 6–2
2013 Belarus Victoria Azarenka United States Serena Williams 7–6(6), 2–6, 6–3
2014 Romania Simona Halep Germany Angelique Kerber 6–2, 6–3

Perhaps this year its the time for the Williams sisters time to shine?

Poster Girl of Most Tennis Tournaments...Maria Sharapova

Poster Girl of Most Tennis Tournaments…Maria Sharapova

The Stars of the Amateur and Professional world of Tennis...

The Stars of the Amateur and Professional world of Tennis…

The actual facilities have come on leaps and bounds since I started going in 2006, and it is much better organised and more professional though their are no more free tickets its still a relatively cheap day out considering the quality of the tennis you will be watching (expect to pay 30-100 QAR depending on where you sit for the opening games and double that for the semis and final).

Centre Court

Centre Court

View of the training pitches

View of the training pitches

During the tournament their is many activities for children and spectators so even if you get bored of the tennis walking around the complex is great fun…

An off-key Mickey...

An off-key Mickey…

Slightly weird looking Dora...

Slightly weird looking Dora…

Islamic Awareness Centre

Islamic Awareness Centre

This years tournament will take place at the International Tennis and Squash complex in DohaQatar from 23 February to 1 March. Be sure to go there and make the most of it and make it a family day out, though be warned due to the non seat allocation it can be difficult finding seats next to one another…

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Adieu…Adieu…Stormy