Hobart - Belgian Elise Mertens defended her Hobart International title with a rain-interrupted win over first-time WTA Tour finalist Mihaela Buzarnescu on Saturday.
The second seeded Mertens downed Romania's 57th-ranked Buzarnescu, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in a decider frequently interrupted by rain.
It was the first time in the 25-year history of the Hobart International that a player has won the singles title for a second time.
The two-and-a-half-hour match took over seven hours to complete due to persistent rain, but Mertens overcame three suspensions of play to go back-to-back in Hobart.
"It's amazing to defend a title and I'm really happy I did," Mertens said.
"It's been a wonderful week."
It has been 15 years since a Hobart International singles final has gone to three sets.
Results of matches played at the WTA Hobart International on Saturday (x denotes seed):
Elise Mertens (BEL x2) bt Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3