Tennis Current Affairs - 2019
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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.
India’s Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi, playing together for first time, won doubles title at $125,000 Taipei Open. In the final match, they defeated Russian pair of Olga Doroshina and Natela Dzalamidze 6-3, 5-7, 12-12 score. The champions collected $5,500 in prize money and earned 160 points, which is expected to push both within 200 of WTA world rankings. This win marks the first WTA title for an Indian since Sania Mirza, success came on WTA Tour and Grand Slam stage. In the semi-finals, they had defeated third seeds Misaki Doi and Danka Kovinic by 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8 score.
It is tournament for female professional tennis players played on indoor carpet courts. It is currently classified as WTA 125K tournament. It has been held annually in November in Taipei City, Taiwan from 2008 until 2015. In 2012, it was upgraded from a $100,000 ITF tournament to a WTA Challenger tournament.