Jasmin Open: Steady Elise Mertens retains crown in Tunisia

Mertens didn’t give any chance to Jasmine Paolini in the one match that mattered the most, in the end

by Abbey Johnson
Jasmin Open: Steady Elise Mertens retains crown in Tunisia
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Elise Mertens beat Jasmine Paolini in the final of the Jasmin Open to clinch the title. The Belgian’s now won in Monastir twice consecutively. Last year, too, Mertens had claimed the WTA 250 title. Against Paolini, Mertens needed an hour and 10 minutes to post a 6-3, 6-0 victory.

Mertens won 75% of her first-serve points. Paolini could manage to win only 40% of her first-serve points. Mertens managed to win only 47% of her second-serve points but she won 62% points on return on the Italian’s second serve.

Jasmin Open: Elise Mertens too good for Jasmine Paolini

The 27-year-old lost her serve only once in the match and converted six break points on her opponent’s serve. Throughout the course of the week, the world no.

36 didn’t concede a set. The Jasmin Open’s the first time in a year that Elise Mertens' won a WTA title. Meanwhile, for Jasmine Paolini, this is the second finale this year she’s lost. Earlier, she’d lost the Palermo Ladies Open final to Qinwen Zheng.

Overall, Paolini’s now on a three-final losing streak since winning her maiden WTA title in her maiden WTA final, at the Slovenia Open, in Portoroz, Slovenia, a couple of years ago, in 2021.

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