Belgium’s Elise Mertens mobilized from a set down to beat best seed Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and secure her first Premier-level title at the Qatar Open on Saturday.
After the two players dropped their opening service game, Halep took control of the experience by winning 18 back to back pints from 3-3 to secure the 1st set.
World No. 3 Halep got an early break in the second set yet Mertens reacted promptly to recover the match on serve.
Unseeded Mertens held her nerve to battle off two break focuses in the seventh game before she broke Halep’s serve to cherish on the way to guaranteeing her previously set in six played against the Romanian.
With force immovably on her side, Mertens asserted a vital early break in the deciding set and proceeded to hold off a late Halep flood to win her fifth WTA title.
Mertens, positioned 21 on the planet, recorded three best 10 triumphs in Doha this week, additionally beating Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals and elimination rounds, separately.
The 23-year-old delighted in an achievement 2018 season, winning three titles, and has since kept up her consistent advancement on the WTA visit.
Halep, who helped Romania to their first-historically speaking Fed Cup elimination round a weekend ago, battled physically in the end arranges and required medicinal help for treatment on her right foot.
“Truly, I needed to lift this delightful trophy however Elise merited it without a doubt,” said Halep, who won the Doha title in 2014.