first_img Reuters DohaFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 11:01 IST Belgium’s Elise Mertens poses with winner’s trophy next to Romania’s Simona Halep (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSElise Mertens beat Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open finalThe Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique KerberHalep’s first final appearance since August guaranteed she will rise one spot to No. 2 in the rankingsUnseeded Elise Mertens came from a set and a break down to beat Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and capture the biggest title of her career on Saturday.Halep led 6-3, 2-0, then lost a service game for a third time to see the second set back on serve. Mertens continued to pressure, missing two more break chances in the seventh game but finally breaking – to love – in the ninth. The set was the first Mertens took from Halep in three matchups.Mertens broke again to start the third set, Halep leveled at 2-2, but Mertens finished stronger and won her fifth career title.@elise_mertens #QTO2019 pic.twitter.com/5l9Bq4kjaxWTA (@WTA) February 16, 2019The Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber.Has it sunk in yet, @elise_mertens? #QTO2019 pic.twitter.com/EIpkp8CEB1WTA (@WTA) February 16, 2019A great week for @Simona_Halep…and some words for her fans in Romanian #QTO2019 pic.twitter.com/xb0io3jW4JWTA (@WTA) February 16, 2019Halep’s first final appearance since August guaranteed she will rise one spot to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Elise MertensFollow Simona HalepFollow Qatar Open Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep in Qatar Open final for biggest title of careerElise Mertens defeated Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and won the biggest title of her career on Saturday. The Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber.advertisement Nextlast_img

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