Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win Qatar Open Title

Elisa Mertens

Elise Mertens has claimed the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simona Halep to win the Qatar Open. Mertens, 23, recovered fr6om a set and a break down – losing 18 points in a row at one stage in the second set – to beat the world number three 3-6 6-4 6-3. World number 21 Mertens also overcame a lengthy medical time-out for a back issue in the first set.

Mertens’ triumph over the Romanian was her third win over a top 10 player in Doha. She had already beaten Angelique Kerber and Kiki Bertens, a year after she was knocked out of the tournament in the first round.

Elise Mertens

  • Elise Mertens is a Belgian professional tennis player.
  • Mertens has won five singles and six doubles WTA titles as well as 24 ITF titles to date. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 12, achieved on 26 November 2018, and a best doubles ranking of No. 13, achieved on 8 October 2018.
  • While growing up, Mertens looked up to Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, and is currently a member of the Kim Clijsters Academy, where she has been training since 2015.