17 Nov 1995
Elise Mertens played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Belgium in 2010. Her earlier coaching history includes Belgian federation until early teens, as well as a year at the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris, then she moved to the Kim Clijsters Academy in Belgium.
She made her tour-level debut at 2015 Antwerp (fell in qualifying) and her WTA singles main draw debut at 2016 ‘s-Hertogenbosch – as qualifier, advanced to QF (l. Mladenovic).
In 2016 she also reached the second round on grass at Mallorca (as qualifier, d. Schiavone in 1r, l. Jankovic) and won her first WTA title of any kind in doubles at 2016 Auckland (w/Mestach).
In 2017 Mertens won the Hobart International, beating No.3 seed Monica Niculescu in the final: she was the first qualifier to win a WTA title since Bertens at 2016 Nürnberg. As a result of this she broke into the WTA top 100 for the first time, on 16 January. During the Us Open Series, she reached the first Premier-level semifinal in New Haven (l. Cibulkova) and made Top 40 debut- She finished the season at No.36 after reaching the semifinals in Luxembourg.
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