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ELISE MERTENS

Nationality:
Belgium
Height:
179cm
Weight:
67kg
Age:
24
Handedness:
right
Points:
2250
RANKING
#17
Australian Open Women Singles 2020
From 14 January to 1 February 2020
round of 16
 Simona Halep
Pro year: 2013
Best singles rank: #12 (11.2018)
Best doubles rank: #2 (09.2019)
Victory/Loss 2020
SurfaceVLTot
Hardcourt outdoor 7 2 9
Total: 7 2 9

LATEST RESULTS
C.Bellis
61 67 60 25 Jan
H.Watson
63 60 23 Jan
D.Kovinic
62 60 22 Jan
H.Watson
76 46 57 16 Jan
V.Kuzmova
61 60 15 Jan
C.McHale
61 61 14 Jan
E.Rybakina
64 46 62 9 Jan
X.Wang
46 36 7 Jan
L.Tsurenko
36 36 5 Jan
A.Sabalenka
64 36 75 25 Oct

Player history

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.

Elise Mertens completed her best season in 2018 as she won three titles. The Belgian enjoyed a successful title defense in Hobart (d. Buzarnescu), where she had won her maiden title in 2017, and completed a sweep of triumph by teaming up with Schuurs to defeat Kichenok/Ninomiya in the doubles final. In the summer, she started the clay court season with back-to-back titles in Lugano (d. Sabalenka) and Rabat (d. Tomljanovic).

She opened the season advancing to the first Grand Slam semifinal of her career at Australian Open. Making her debut at the event, she
beat No.23 Gavrilova in the second-round and No.4 Svitolina in the quarterfinals, her first win over a Top 5 opponent, to become the first Belgian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Flipkens at 2013 Wimbledon. Despite losing to Wozniacki, she made her top 20 debut and passed $1 million in career prize money.

On clay, she moved to the round 16 at Roland Garros, clinching her best result there. She finished the clay swing with tour’s best record on the surface, 16-2, having lost only to Simona Halep at Roland Garros and Madrid.

On grass, she reached the third-round at Wimbledon (l. Cibulkova) for her career-best result at the All England Club.

She began the North American hard court season with runs to the semifinals in San Jose (l. eventual champion Buzarnescu), to the quarterfinals in Montréal (l. defending champion Svitolina) and Cincinnati (l. Kvitova). In Ohio, she defeated No.3 Stephens to score her second career Top 5 win. Then she became the first woman from Belgium to reach the fourth round at US Open since 2010, eventually
losing to defending champion Stephens. During the Asian Swing, she won back-to-back matches only in Tianjin where she posted a quarterfinals showing. A doubles quarterfinalist at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

The Belgian posted 46 main draw match wins in 2018: by contrast, prior to this season owned only 36 wins at this level across her entire career. She finished the season making her debut in Zhuhai, ranked at career-high No.13. She beat No.20 Kontaveit sealing the sixth career Top 20 win, but she lost to German No.2 Goerges and failed to move to the semifinals.

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