‎Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF), the Official Airline and Official Retail Sponsors of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open 2022, congratulate Iga Swiatek for winning her second Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 1000 title in Doha last night.

In the 20th edition of the prestigious tournament, Swiatek of Poland lifted the coveted Falcon Trophy after her well-deserved 6-2, 6-0 victory against Anett Kontaveit at Qatar’s traditional home of tennis, the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

The WTA 1000 event contested a 56-player singles draw that featured eight of the top 10 WTA stars, including the likes of Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova and Paula Badosa.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “The Qatar TotalEnergies Open tournament is a key sporting event in the annual Qatari sports calendar. The roster of athletes that participated in this year’s edition speaks for itself. I would like to congratulate both finalists for coming so far and entertaining the fans with their splendid performances throughout the championship.”

H.E. Mr. Al Baker added: “Our diverse sponsorship portfolio strengthens our sports mission as we move closer towards hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ later this year. Fans and athletes can rest assured knowing that we will continue our award-winning service that connects the State of Qatar to the world as a global sports hub.”

Qatar Duty Free Vice President, Mr. Thabet Musleh said: “Qatar Duty Free is proud to sponsor the 20th edition of this world-class tournament. We are delighted to congratulate Iga Swiatek on her impressive performance and victorious win in this year’s Qatar TotalEnergies Open. We would like to thank all the players for a very exciting week of tennis.”

He added: “2022 is marked as a significant year for sports in Qatar, with many more major sporting events throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming all of you back to the 2023 Qatar TotalEnergies Open tennis tournament.”

The conclusion of the tournament’s 28-team doubles draw saw the crowning of Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula as champions on Friday, 25 February. Their victory over Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens  was clinched with a score line of 3-6, 7-5, [10-5].

The tennis season is regarded as the cornerstone amongst Qatar’s annual sporting events, building a positive momentum of excitement with just under nine months to go until the showpiece FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

In December 2021, the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ demonstrated yet again the country's readiness for the grandest upcoming stage in world football, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Qatar Airways congratulated Algeria on lifting the prestigious trophy and fans were left with a poignant ‘au revoir’ with screens at the final displaying the airline’s key messages ‘The World’s Best Airline’ and ‘See You in Qatar 2022’.

Last year, Qatar Airways sponsored the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the UEFA Euro 2020, and has a robust global sports partnership portfolio including football-governing bodies such as FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL. The airline also sponsors some of the world’s biggest football clubs, including Al Sadd SC, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivalled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to connect to a destination of their choice.