Lugano - Second-seeded Elise Mertens won the Samsung Open on
Sunday, beating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-2 to take her third career WTA Tour
The 20th-ranked Belgian clinched on her first match point
when the 19-year-old Sabalenka from Belarus netted a two-handed, backhand
Mertens won her first clay-court event after winning the
past two editions of the Hobart International on hard courts in Australia.
Sunday was a relatively simple end to the rain-hit
tournament for the 22-year-old Mertens after her long Saturday shift of
three-set victories in the quarterfinals and semi-finals.
Sabalenka, ranked No 61, is now 0-2 in tournament finals.
She hit 24 winners Sunday but also had 35 unforced errors.