Mertens Upsets Kerber To Set Up Halep Final In Doha


Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan on Thursday advanced to the semi-finals of the doubles at the Qatar Open, while top seed Simona Halep successfully continued her bid for the title in the singles.

The Chan sisters took just 61 minutes to complete a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lara Arruabarrena of Spain and Kaitlyn Christian of the U.S. in their quarter-final at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

But her performance was getting better and better and the third set started in the same situation, pulling to a 4-1 against Halep.

Muchova is "not a typical young player, because most of the players now that are coming up, they are smashing the ball", Svitolina said. She was running Halep ragged, before the Romanian held her serve in the fourth game to stay alive.

Halep, 27, who last won the Qatar title in 2014, said: "Honestly, I wanted to lift this handsome trophy but Elise deserved it very much".

Also through are Elina Svitolina and Elise Mertens, providing some comfort for tournament organisers who have somehow ended up with three of the world s top 10 in the last four, despite a high number of prominent withdrawals.

Halep will meet unseeded Elise Mertens in the decider today after the Belgian shocked third seed and triple Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in the second semi-final. She then met the German No. 1 Angelique Kerber and once again, she caused a massive upset by knocking her out with 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

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More than that, what is particularly impressive here is the way in which she has made it to the final in Doha. In the tie-breaker, Halep raced to a 4-1 lead and quickly closed out the set at 7-6, only allowing 1 point to Goerges.

"In the first set I did a lot of mistakes", said Kerber. "But of course you know what you can do, and I have to feel confident".

Three-time Grand Slam victor Angelique Kerber rallied from a set down to overcome Czech Barbora Strycova 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), reaching her first semi-final since her Wimbledon triumph in July previous year. "I was trying to play better than I did in the first set".

Mertens, who defeated fifth seed Kiki Bertens in the quarter-final, has failed to win a set against Halep in her previous two meetings - both on clay past year.

Despite the lead, Mertens remained under constant pressure from Halep who eventually broke back for 2-2. I am trying to not look too much on I'm in the semis and the final.

"I am taking one day at a time", Svitolina said about her just the second match after the Australian Open last month.

"In the second set, I was just trying to come back, playing point by point and trying to make less mistakes".