Belgian Elise Mertens credited Victoria Azarenka for doing everything right and playing too goood after she was knocked out of the US Open Grand Slam tournament on Wednesday in straight sets. The Belarusian was very impressive in her 6-1, 6-0 win - which lasted 73 minutes - leaving Mertens without any answers on the court.
"I think she played very consistent. Also, you know, I tried to play aggressive, but she had everything under control. I feel like I needed to do a little bit more. Actually the games were pretty close, but still I couldn't finish it out so the score is a little bit uneven (smiling).
I mean, I didn't really play a bad match. It was just not good enough today. She played really well, no mistakes. I mean, her serve was working. Like, she came really into the match with her serve."
Elise Mertens not able to find solutions to Victoria Azarenka's game
Prior to the match, Azarenka had said she was very impressed with Mertens' game and her ability to mix up her game and find solutions.
But the Belgian was not able to do the same on Wednesday as she admitted in her press conference in New York. "I tried to find solutions. I think I couldn't make her, like, in trouble. I think she was pretty confident but also pretty comfortable on court.
Even if she was running, she still hit the balls. She was not reaching. I couldn't get her into that reach. I tried to come to the net, it didn't work. I tried to find solutions, attack her second serve. I wouldn't say it wasn't my day because I think I didn't do anything really wrong.
I think she just did everything right. Mertens says that moving back to Europe for the clay court season will be a tough challenge - especially mentally. "I think it's a mental game. Tennis is definitely a mental game.
Also physically just be ready for those long matches. The sliding is back. I played in Prague, in Palermo. I know a little bit already how I can move on clay, how I do have to adjust. I played clay to hard court, now I play hard court to clay.
I can still remember a little bit how it was. I have to be physically ready. But also with the jetlag and everything it will be a bit difficult." The 24 year old Elise Mertens has now lost in the quarter-finals of the US Open for the second year in a row.