Emma Navarro beats Elise Mertens in an hour in Doha


Elise Mertens (WTA 25) was unable to qualify for the third round (eighth finals) of the WTA1,000 tournament in the Qatari capital Doha on Tuesday (hard/$3,211,715).


Mertens lost in the second round (sixteenth finals) against the American sixteenth seed Emma Navarro (WTA 23) in two sets: 6-1 and 6-3. The match lasted 1 hour and 4 minutes. The Limburg player never got into her game and had to give up her serve too often to be able to form a fist against the American, who achieved a logical victory. Navarro had also defeated Mertens in the final in Hobart earlier this year.

In the next round, Navarro will meet the Kazakh third seed Elena Rybakina (WTA 4), who won the WTA tournament in Abu Dhabi last weekend, or the Chinese Lin Zhu (WTA 57).


The 28-year-old Mertens also doubles in Doha, where she forms a tandem with Hsieh Su-wei. The Limburg native won the doubles tournament at the Australian Open this year alongside the Taiwanese and is the top seed in Qatar. They were free in the first doubles round and will meet the Canadian Leylah Fernandez and the Georgian Oksana Kalashnikova in the second round (eighth finals).

Greet Minnen (WTA 85) was also in charge in Doha. The Kempen qualified for the main table through the qualifications, but lost in the second round to the Czech sixth seed Marketa Vondrousova (WTA 8) in three sets (6-2, 0-6 and 6-4).

Mertens receives a ticket for the quarter-finals of doubles as a gift

A few hours after her elimination in the singles, Elise Mertens qualified for the quarter-finals of the doubles at the WTA 1,000 tournament in the Qatari capital Doha (hard/3,211,715 dollars) on Tuesday.

She did not even have to take action with her Taiwanese partner Su-Wei Hsieh, with whom she recently won the Australian Open. Canadian Leylah Fernandez and Georgian Oksana Kalashnikova, their opponents in the second round, forfeited.

Mertens and Hsieh are the top seeds in Doha and were free in the first round. To advance to the semi-finals, they must get past the Russians Anastasia Potapova and Vera Zvonareva or the Dutch/Brazilian tandem Demi Schuurs/Luisa Stefani (fifth seed).

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