Seventh seed Simona Halep of Romania has celebrated her first title of the year by clinching the Qatar Airways sponsored Qatar Total Open 2014 in straight sets against Angelique Kerber.

Halep won the final 6-2, 6-3 to take home the Doha title in front of a packed crowd at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on 16 February 2014. The victory comes after Halep had previously defeated two other top-10 players at the same event; No 7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals and No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, before taking on ninth-ranked Kerber in the final.

Halep was winning her third title, but victory from a draw which included Australian Open champion Li Na, was by far the biggest of her career. The 22-year-old is the current No. 1 tennis player in Romania. She is currently ranked a career high number 9 in the world. Halep first broke into the world’s top 50 at the end of 2012, and won her first six WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first seven), being named the WTA’s Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court’s 2013 Most Improved Player.

The Qatar Total Open 2014 brings the world’s greatest female tennis players to Doha every year. This year, the event took place from 10 to 16 February 2014 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex where World No 1, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka were expected to defend their title as nine of the top 10 players on the WTA Tour headline the 56-player draw. However, they withdrew from the championship.

Qatar Airways, the Official Airline of the six-day event, has been a strong supporter of the tournament over the years since it was launched in 2001 as the first professional women’s tennis tournament to be staged in the Middle East.

The airline and its subsidiary Qatar Duty Free (QDF), bronze sponsor of the tournament had a strong presence at the public village with dedicated pavilions offering a range of retail products.