Qatar Open to go forward as scheduled regardless of rising COVID-19 circumstances, high-profile withdrawals

Qatar Open to go forward as scheduled regardless of rising COVID-19 circumstances, high-profile withdrawals

Qatar has pressed forward with occasions regardless of seeing an uptick in virus circumstances, staging the FIFA Membership World Cup earlier this month with stadiums at 30 p.c capability.

Qatar Open to go ahead as scheduled despite rising COVID-19 cases, high-profile withdrawals

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Doha: World primary Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin take prime billing on the Qatar Open which begins Monday beneath strict COVID-19 security protocols and with out Simona Halep.

The Romanian world quantity three’s withdrawal from Doha follows her Australian Open quarter-final loss to Serena Williams.

“Sadly I’ve determined to withdraw, I can not wait to be again in Doha subsequent 12 months,” she instructed organisers, giving no purpose for lacking the 1-6 March event.

Her absence leaves Barty and Kenin, fourth on the planet and winner of the Australian Open in 2020, the headline acts with the highest-ranked Arab participant in WTA historical past Ons Jabeur in addition to Egypt’s Mayar Sherif additionally taking to the arduous courts in Doha.

At Melbourne Park Halep, 29, was thwarted by Williams in her bid for a maiden triumph on the 12 months’s opening Grand Slam after falling quick to Caroline Wozniacki within the 2018 decider, and shedding in straight units to Garbine Muguruza in final 12 months’s semi-finals.

The delayed Australian Open was characterised by a tough lockdown which noticed gamers confined to their quarantine accommodations, highlighting the challenges of staging sporting occasions within the age of Covid.

Qatar has pressed forward with occasions regardless of seeing an uptick in virus circumstances, staging the FIFA Membership World Cup earlier this month with stadiums at 30 p.c capability.

America’s Denis Kudla was instructed he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus mid-match on the Australian Open qualifying event in Doha final month. He then sealed victory earlier than going into quarantine.

‘Hungry to play’

Qatar recorded 118 new circumstances per 100,000 folks up to now seven days, up two p.c from the week earlier than.

Spectators might be required to current a contact tracing app, endure temperature checks and put on masks always. Attendance might be restricted by legislation to twenty p.c of capability.

Jabeur in the meantime stated she “had slightly little bit of time to follow following Melbourne… a small pre-season to form of get again on the court docket”.

She and round 70 others have been compelled to isolate forward of the primary Grand Slam of 2021 after virus circumstances have been detected in different passengers on their constitution flight.

“I really feel nice again right here in Doha, certainly one of my favorite locations — it is an additional motivation to work even tougher,” she stated forward of the event on the Khalifa Worldwide Tennis Advanced.

“I’ve by no means received right here earlier than but it surely’s an enormous deal for an Arab man or lady to win such a event, actually it is certainly one of my objectives.”

Earlier this month, Sherif turned the primary Egyptian lady to win a foremost draw Grand Slam match on the Australian Open, defeating fellow qualifier Chloe Paquet in straight units.

World quantity 11 Kiki Bertens will return to the WTA Tour for the primary time since 2020 Roland Garros after present process achilles surgical procedure in October.

“I am feeling good. It has been some time in fact… I’ve had numerous rehab and restoration — prepared and hungry to play,” she stated.

Bertens stated that getting ready for the event amid the pandemic “was robust”.

“Numerous issues have been closed… I had some exceptions so I might a minimum of follow. In fact, the whole lot for me was indoors as a result of it was winter within the Netherlands. For me to play outside once more it is a large distinction.”

Most temperatures within the coming week will hover between 25 and 27 levels Celsius.

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