By beating top seed to secure the Qatar Open elise Mertens has claimed the title of her career.

23, mertens, recovered out of a break and the set – losing 18 points in a row at one point from the group that was next – to beat the world number 3 3-6 6-4 6-3.

World number 2 1 Mertens also conquered a medical timeout that was lengthy from the first group for a back issue.

“Simona is really a great player and it’s really nice to find the trophy,” the Belgian said.

Halep, 27, who won the Qatar name in 2014, said:”Honestly, I wanted to lift this gorgeous trophy but Elise deserved it greatly “

Mertens’ victory on the n was her third win on a top 10 player in Doha.

She had beaten Kiki Bertens and , annually after she had been knocked out from the championship in the very first round.

Halep out classed her competitor but Mertens pushed back into the match to force a decider.

The players exchanged breaks but Mertens jumped in the fifth game of the set to create it 3-2 – that the break of function in 2-4 games in the match.

Halep strove to rally, however at 5-3 and appearing to be hampered by an accident, she lost her function, handing Mertens a success.


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