Elise Mertens has claimed the greatest title of her profession by beating high seed Simona Halep to care for the Qatar Originate.
Mertens, 23, recovered from a disclose and a demolish down – shedding 18 components in a row at one stage within the 2d disclose – to beat the arena quantity three 3-6 6-4 6-3.
World quantity 21 Mertens also overcame a prolonged scientific time-out for a support articulate within the fundamental disclose.
“Simona is a gigantic participant and it’s nice to fetch the trophy,” the Belgian acknowledged.
Halep, 27, who closing obtained the Qatar title in 2014, acknowledged: “In fact, I wished to salvage this stunning trophy but Elise deserved it very grand.”
Mertens’ triumph over the Romanian was as soon as her third care for over a high 10 participant in Doha.
She had already beaten Angelique Kerber and Kiki Bertens, a year after she was as soon as knocked out of the match within the fundamental round.
Halep outclassed her opponent within the gap disclose, but Mertens powered support into the match to force a decider.
The avid gamers traded breaks within the third disclose, but Mertens broke within the fifth recreation of the final disclose to assemble it 3-2 – the 12th demolish of attend in 24 video games within the match.
Halep tried to rally, but at at 5-3 and performing to be hampered by an afflict, she lost her attend, handing Mertens a grand victory.
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