ATP Tour

Rain washes away Qatar Open second day

2017-02-15 07:26
Tennis racket (Getty Images)

Doha - Rain wreaked havoc at the Qatar Open on Tuesday, with torrential downpours in the desert state pretty much wiping out all of the second day's play.

Of the 11 scheduled singles matches only one was completed when Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated former world number one Jelena Jankovic in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

But even that match took more than seven hours to complete because of the constant rain breaks.

Pavlyuchenkova's victory under leaden skies meant she is only the second player to win through to the second round of the tournament.

Play was started in three other first round matches but none was finished, though American qualifier Lauren Davies finished a set up against Italy's Roberta Vinci before the rain called a halt for the day.

The persistent wet weather had also wiped out large parts of day one.

Organisers have announced that play will start three hours early on Wednesday - 13:00 - due to a growing backlog of matches.

Some players, including the number five seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain face playing two singles matches in a day on Wednesday.

There could also be a first outing for number one seed, and world number two, Angelique Kerber.

However with further rain forecast, it is possible she may not play her first match of the Qatar Open - she received a bye into the second round - until Thursday, four days into the six-day tournament.

Although it is winter in Qatar, the current wet and cold weather is thought to be some of the worst the country has experienced for several years.

Earlier this month, Qatar, infamous for its hot weather which has led to the 2022 football World Cup being pushed back to November/December, recorded its lowest ever temperature, just 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Read more on:    qatar open  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.