efe-epaHobart, Australia

Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium on Saturday beat Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania to win her second Hobart International tennis tournament title in a row.

Mertens, world No. 36, knocked out Buzarnescu, world No. 57, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 30 minutes.

The match was halted several times due to rain, but the 22-year-old Belgian managed to win it in the end.

Mertens became the first player ever to win the Hobart International twice, after her final-round victory against Monica Niculescu of Romania last year.