Elise Mertens is set to square off against US Open women's doubles partner Aryna Sabalenka at the WTA Elite Trophy this week. They were drawn together in Group Rose, alongside Greek star Maria Sakkari. Speaking about her US Open with Sabalenka, she said, "Yeah, that was a really special two weeks, also in singles and in doubles.
So, yeah, it's the first time that we played a finals of a Grand Slam together and we both were a little bit nervous, of course. But we are really happy with the title”. "And it's been a good doubles year so far.
So every time we play with each other it goes pretty well. Sometimes of course we lose too. But, yeah, it's going pretty well and we got a lot of confidence out of that and hopefully we can go out and since and do the same thing or have good results."
Having played doubles, Mertens admitted that she doesn’t know much about Sabalenka’s singles game. "She actually came to me like, 'We're playing each other, did you see the group?' “She has a lot of private sessions with the coach.
Me too, actually. Just to get to know the courts a little bit better and everything. Sometimes we play doubles, we practice doubles, but not that often, actually, our main focus is on singles." The two are also set to feature in Zhuhai next week in the doubles event.