23-year-old Belgian Mertens won the top spot and became the winner of the Qatar Final Open final. Although at first all showed that Halep was going to take the lead, Mertens in the 9th game reversed with a new break and after 2 hours and 13 minutes won Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Mertens today took the 5th title of her career and it’s the first time she wins a Premier tournament.
Mertens will now rise to No. 16 in the world ranking, while Halep has won 1 place and will go up to No. 2 in the world on Monday.
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