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Sabalenka, Mertens notch first win at Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen

Sport 30.10.2019 | 14:22
Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka. Photo by Xinhua-BelTA
Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka. Photo by Xinhua-BelTA

MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) – Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens of Belgium have secured their first win at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, BelTA has learned.

In the Red Group second round the Belarusian-Belgian tandem defeated Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching from China's Taipei 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in an hour and 48 minutes. In the opener Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens lost to Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands 5-7, 6-1, 7-10. The Belarusian-Belgian duo will next face Timea Babos of Hungary and France's Kristina Mladenovic on 1 November.

In the Purple Group singles Ukraine's world number 8 Elina Svitolina will take on Romania's world number 5 Simona Halep. World number two Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic will play Canada's world number 4 Bianca Andreescu.

In the Red Group singles, world number 10 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who replaced injured Japan's world number 3 Naomi Osaka, beat world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Switzerland's world number 7 Belinda Bencic defeated world number 6 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.

The prize money of the WTA Finals which is to run through 3 November is $14 million.

Photos by Xinhua-BelTA

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