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?? (15) Elise Mertens vs ?? Timea Babos
The 15th seeded Elise Mertens will make her Doha debut on Tuesday where she comes up against Timea Babos. Elise Mertens and Timea Babos have both made good starts to the season, both have already won a title in 2018 and will look to continue to gain momentum in Doha this week. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece, who will edge ahead here?
Elise Mertens has been one of the most impressive performers thus far in 2018. Mertens had a great start to the year, winning the Hobart title and reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Mertens was involved in Belgium’s unsuccessful Fed Cup tie against France at the weekend. Mertens went 1-1 in the 2-3 defeat, beating Pauline Parmentier in straight sets but losing the crucial third rubber against Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.
Timea Babos arrives in Doha full of confidence. Babos seemingly turned her fortunes around last month where she won the doubles title alongside Kristina Mladenovic. The doubles success quickly transitioned into success in singles. Babos won her 3rd WTA singles title a few weeks ago in Taipei City, a great result for Babos especially considering her recent failures in finals late last year.
The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. The most recent match between the pair took place in Eastbourne last year, a commanding 6-1 6-1 win on grass in Eastbourne last year.