Eugenie Bouchard, Sloane Stephens, Andrea Petkovic, Alize Cornet--all out in the first round of the Qatar Total Open. Also, two players retired during the first round--Daniela Hantuchova with a leg injury and Dominika Cibulkova with a gastrointestinal illness.
The news is especially bad for Roberta Vinci, who is having a terrible 2014 season. It isn't too good for Sloane Stephens, either. Stephens skipped Fed Cup (so did Vinci, for that matter, but her entire "A" Italian team skipped) because of injury, but was bested in straight sets by Petra Cetkovska in Doha. Vinci went out courtesy of Tsvetana Pironkova.
Hard-working Fed Cup players Klara Zakopalova and Lucie Safarova kept going, however. Traveling straight from a held-over, rain-delayed tie in Spain, the Czech players defeated Elina Svitolina and Kirsten Flipkens, respectively. Their countrywoman, Cetkovska, as noted, is into the second round, as is Petra Kvitova, who had a bye in the first.