Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova has earned her maiden Qatar Open title after unseating Victoria Azarenka during the finals last night, 6-4, 6-3. With this win, Safarova will move up four places to 11th to WTA rankings. Azarenka, who won the Qatar championships in 2012 and 2013 but was forced to withdraw from last year’s event due to a foot injury.


Beckham and Azarenka

Beckham and Azarenka

Meanwhile, several competition-goers spotted former UK football star David Beckham at the tennis tournament this week.

Patrícia Lopes

Patricia Lopes is a sports journalist, currently working as the BeIN Sports channel correspondent in Brazil. She took part in several international coverages and two world cups. The first in 2010 in South Africa, and the second in 2014, in Brazil. Patricia has previously worked for the following channels: Rede Brasil-TVE (Brazilian public TV) where she worked for nine years as a reporter, presenter and sports commentator. After that she spent 7 years at ESPN. She has also worked freelance for other famous news channels in the world: Al Jazeera, CNN EN Español and NBC Telemundo