Mertens lifts Qatar Open title

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DOHA

Feb 18, 2019-

Belgium’s Elise Mertens claimed the biggest win of her career on Saturday, surprisingly coming from a set down to beat world No 3 Simona Halep and clinch the Qatar Open. The world No 21 won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, despite being outclassed in the first set, overcoming an eight-minute medical timeout for back pain in the second set, and losing 18 consecutive points at one stage in the match. Her win, in a little over two hours, was her third victory over a top 10 player in Doha this week, and her second over a Grand Slam champion. Halep is the reigning French Open champion and Angelique Kerber, who she beat in the semi-finals, holds the Wimbledon title. Qatar is the fifth title of Mertens’ career but notably her first at a Premier-level event. (AFP)

Published: 18-02-2019 10:48

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