Halep is the reigning French Open champion and Angelique Kerber, who she beat in the semi-finals, holds the Wimbledon title. Qatar is the fifth title of Mertens' career but notably her first at a Premier-level event. At 2-0 down in the second, it looked like it was going to turn into a routine victory for Halep. Mertens broke back, then called for medical attention and was the stronger player for the remainder of the game. "I was really tired in the third set, I couldn't have the chance to win this match," said Halep, who won the Qatar title in 2014.
Source: The Nation Bangkok February 17, 2019 05:15 UTC