Sport Mertens makes history in Hobart

13:06  13 january  2018
13:06  13 january  2018 Source:

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Elise Mertens is a single win away from making history at the Hobart International. The No.2 seed and defending champion beat the 2015 titlist Heather Watson 6-4 1-6 6-2 and continued her bid to become the first player to win the title twice in the tournament's history .

— Hobart International (@HobartTennis) January 14, 2017. Becoming the lowest-ranked champion in the tournament’s history , Mertens ’ breakthrough was an impressive one. “After winning that eighth match, it made me realise that I actually can do it,” Mertens said.

EliseMertenscropped: Hobart International champion Elise Mertens © Provided by Omnisport Hobart International champion Elise Mertens

Elise Mertens overcame Mihaela Buzarnescu to become the first dual winner of the Hobart International on Saturday.

Mertens claimed her maiden WTA singles title in Tasmania last year and added a second 12 months later, beating the unseeded Buzarnescu 6-1 4-6 6-3.

The second seed from Belgium was on the verge of defending her title at 5-2 in the final set when play was suspended due to rain, but returned to finish the job.

Buzarnescu lost her previous two matches against Mertens at ITF level and the 22-year-old came out on top again, grasping five of 16 break-point opportunities to take the title.

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Defending champion Elise Mertens became the first player in history to win multiple times at the Hobart International, as she got past Mihaela Buzarnescu The Belgian’s forehand started to find its range, and she used it to pass Buzarnescu when the Romanian made her occasional forays to the net.

Grand Slam HistoryGrand Slam History . TicketsTickets. Defending champ Mertens into Hobart final. 18hAAP. "I've come through some tough battles which has made me feel very ready for if it gets tough in Melbourne," the 25-year-old said.

Mertens bossed the first set, Buzarnescu failing to hold in all four of her service games before looking more assured in the second, claiming the only break to set up a decider.

Buzarnescu, playing her first WTA final, showed character to save four match points following the delay, but Mertens was not to be denied two days before the Australian Open gets under way.

Mertens had the opportunity to claim a second title of the day playing in the doubles final with Demi Schuur.

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