Belgium Current Affairs - 2020
Belgium’s Elise Mertens has claimed the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simona Halep of Romania 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open. The final was played on 16th February 2019 in Doha.
About Elise Mertens
- Currently ranked 21 in the world rankings, Ms. Mertens has won five singles and six doubles WTA titles as well as 24 ITF titles to date.
- This is her biggest tour title.
- She overcame a lengthy medical time-out for a back issue in the first set; lost 18 points in a row at one stage in the second set, but then came back strong to finally win the title.
- This was a big upset in the world of Tennis as Simona Halep is ranked number three.
About the Qatar Open 2019
The Qatar Open is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts and is part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour. It is held annually at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar, since 1993.
In the 2019 edition, the Men’s Singles was won by R. Bautista Agut of Spain by beating T. Berdych of Czechoslovakia.
Tags: Belgium • Czechoslovakia • Elise Mertens • R. Bautista Agut • Simona Halep
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) Player of the Year Awards are the annual awards for the best men’s and women’s player in international hockey in a given calendar year as determined by a peer and public vote.
FIH Awards 2019
FIH Player of the Year, Men: Arthur van Doren (Belgium)
Women: Eva de Goede (Netherlands)
FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, Men: Vincent Vanasch (Belgium)
Women: Maddie Hinch (Great Britain)
FIH Rising Star of the Year, Men: Arthur de Sloover (Belgium)
Women: Lucina von der Heyde (Argentina)
FIH Player of the Year Awards were established in 1998 and have been awarded annually ever since. In 2001 the FIH Young Player of the Year award was instituted to award the best young field hockey player of the year.