Elise Mertens

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Elise Mertens
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Country (sports)  Belgium
Residence Hamont-Achel, Belgium
Born (1995-11-17) 17 November 1995 (age 22)
Leuven, Belgium
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Plays Right (two-handed backhand)
Coach Rick Vleeshouwers (2018–)
Prize money US$2,812,751
Singles
Career record 251–127 (66.4%)
Career titles 4 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 14 (13 August 2018)
Current ranking No. 15 (17 September 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2018)
French Open 4R (2018)
Wimbledon 3R (2018)
US Open 4R (2018)
Doubles
Career record 185–87 (68.01%)
Career titles 5 WTA, 13 ITF
Highest ranking No. 21 (10 September 2018)
Current ranking No. 21 (17 September 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2017)
French Open 1R (2017, 2018)
Wimbledon 3R (2017, 2018)
US Open QF (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup QF (2018)
Hopman Cup RR (2018)
Last updated on: 19 September 2018.

Elise Mertens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɛrtə(n)s]; born 17 November 1995) is a Belgian professional tennis player.

Mertens has won four singles and four doubles WTA titles as well as 24 ITF titles to date. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 14, achieved on 13 August 2018, and a best doubles ranking of No. 22, achieved on 20 August 2018.

Mertens reached a career-high juniors ranking of No. 7 in 2013. She made her WTA main-draw debut at the 2015 Copa Colsanitas in the doubles event, partnering Nastja Kolar. She won her first WTA doubles title at the 2016 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, partnering An-Sophie Mestach.

Personal life[edit]

Mertens was born in Leuven, the second daughter of Liliane Barbe, a teacher, and Guido Mertens, who makes furniture for churches. She was home-schooled and enjoyed studying languages, having learned to speak French, English and Dutch/Flemish. Her older sister, Lauren, is currently an airline pilot and introduced the then 4-year-old Elise to tennis. While growing up, Mertens looked up to Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, and is currently a member of the Kim Clijsters Academy, where she has been training since 2015.[1][2] She is not related to Belgium’s international footballer Dries Mertens.

Tennis career[edit]

2017: First WTA singles title and top 40 debut[edit]

In January, Mertens won the Hobart International, beating No. 3 seed Monica Niculescu in the final. As a result of this she broke into the WTA top 100 for the first time, on 16 January 2017.

After missing the Australian Open qualifying due to her Hobart campaign, Mertens reached the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy through qualifying, and lost to Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets. She then competed at the Dubai Tennis Championships, where, as a qualifier, she beat Tsvetana Pironkova en route to the second round, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska. Despite her loss, Mertens reached a new career-ranking of World No.69. She then lost in the first round of the Malaysian Open to qualifier and eventual quarterfinalist Lesley Kerkhove. After that, she failed to qualify to both Indian Wells and Miami Open, losing in the first round of qualifying to Sachia Vickery and Alison Van Uytvanck, respectively.

At the Ladies Open Biel Bienne, Mertens upset No. 8 seed Monica Niculescu and beat Mona Barthel en route to the quarterfinals, losing there to eventual finalist Anett Kontaveit.

2018: First Grand Slam semifinal, three titles[edit]

Mertens began the season by becoming the first woman to win back-to-back titles in Hobart. She defeated Mihaela Buzărnescu in the final, defending her title from 2017. Along with Demi Schuurs, she also won the doubles title.[3]

Mertens' season continued with her main draw debut at the Australian Open. She defeated qualifier Viktória Kužmová, 23rd seed Daria Gavrilova, Alizé Cornet and Petra Martić, all in straight sets, to advance to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.[4] In the quarterfinal Mertens achieved her first victory over a top five ranked player, defeating Elina Svitolina, again in straight sets.[5] With her win over Svitolina, Mertens became the third Belgian woman to reach the last four at the tournament, joining former ranking leaders Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. In the semifinals she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.[6]

After her good form in Australia Mertens had some difficult weeks. She lost respectively in the first round of Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells and in the second round in Miami. In April she reached her fourth singles final and second of the year at the 2018 Ladies Open Lugano in Switzerland. She won the title after beating Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets. Together with compatriot Kirsten Flipkens she also won the doubles title. Two weeks later she also won the singles title at the Morocco Open by defeating Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets.

Mertens lost in the second round at Madrid to top seed Simona Halep. She reached the fourth round at the 2018 French Open, defeating Varvara Lepchenko, Heather Watson, and Daria Gavrilova before falling again to Halep, who went on to win the title. Seeded second at Hertogenbosch, she lost in the second round to Antonia Lottner.

Mertens started off the grass-court season with first round loss to qualifier Dalila Jakupović in Birmingham. In Eastbourne she lost in third round to Aryna Sabalenka. At Wimbledon, Mertens lost in third round to Dominika Cibulková.[7]

Playing Style[edit]

Mertens is a baseline player. She has consistent groundstrokes on both her forehand and backhand. She is quick moving laterally and she has precise timing on her groundstrokes which allows her to take the ball on the rise as well as redirect it. Her serve is reliable but not too forceful. When she is playing well she is able to hit many winners from the baseline.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (4–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2017 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Romania Monica Niculescu 6–3, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Apr 2017 Istanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay Ukraine Elina Svitolina 2–6, 4–6
Win 2–1 Jan 2018 Hobart International, Australia (2) International Hard Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Win 3–1 Apr 2018 Ladies Open Lugano, Switzerland International Clay Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 7–5, 6–2
Win 4–1 May 2018 Morocco Open, Morocco International Clay Australia Ajla Tomljanović 6–2, 7–6(7–4)

Doubles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
WTA Elite Trophy (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–1)
Premier (0–1)
International (5–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–1)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (1-1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2016 ASB Classic, New Zealand International Hard Belgium An-Sophie Mestach Montenegro Danka Kovinić
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 1–1 Apr 2017 Istanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay United States Nicole Melichar Slovenia Dalila Jakupovic
Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok
6–7(6–8), 2–6
Loss 1–2 Jul 2017 Bucharest Open, Romania International Clay Netherlands Demi Schuurs Romania Irina Camelia Begu
Romania Raluca Olaru
3–6, 3–6
Win 2–2 Sep 2017 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard Netherlands Demi Schuurs Australia Monique Adamczak
Australia Storm Sanders
6–2, 6–3
Win 3–2 Jan 2018 Hobart International, Australia International Hard Netherlands Demi Schuurs Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Japan Makoto Ninomiya
6–2, 6–2
Win 4–2 Apr 2018 Ladies Open Lugano, Switzerland International Clay Belgium Kirsten Flipkens Belarus Vera Lapko
Belarus Aryna Sabalenka
6–1, 6–3
Win 5–2 Jun 2018 Rosmalen Championships, The Netherlands International Grass Netherlands Demi Schuurs Netherlands Kiki Bertens
Belgium Kirsten Flipkens
3-3, retired
Loss 5–3 Jun 2018 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Premier Grass Netherlands Demi Schuurs Hungary Timea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–4, 3–6, [8-10]
Loss 5–4 Aug 2018 Cincinnati Masters, United States Premier 5 Hard Netherlands Demi Schuurs Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
2–6, 5–7

WTA 125 Series[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2015 Taipei Open, Taiwan 125,000 Carpet (i) Russia Marina Melnikova Japan Kanae Hisami
Japan Kotomi Takahata
1–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2016 Engie Open, France 125,000 Hard (i) Luxembourg Mandy Minella United Kingdom Anna Smith
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–4, 6–4

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 13 (11–2)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (10–1)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2013 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard Spain Arabela Fernández Rabener 6–4, 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 2013 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard Belgium Klaartje Liebens 2–6, 6–2, 6–4
Win 3–0 Oct 2013 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard Belgium Klaartje Liebens 6–7(0–7), 6–1, 6–3
Win 4–0 Dec 2013 ITF İstanbul, Turkey 10,000 Hard (i) Denmark Karen Barbat 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
Win 5–0 Mar 2014 ITF Ponta Delgada, Portugal 10,000 Hard Portugal Bárbara Luz 6–2, 6–4
Loss 5–1 Jun 2014 ITF Hilton Head Island, United States 10,000 Hard United States Caitlin Whoriskey 3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 6–1 Jun 2014 ITF El Paso, United States 25,000 Hard United States Ashley Weinhold 6–1, 3–6, 6–4
Win 7–1 Jun 2014 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 10,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Lee Pei-chi 6–3, 6–2
Win 8–1 Jul 2014 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 10,000 Hard Thailand Nungnadda Wannasuk 6–1, 6–1
Loss 8–2 Jan 2015 ITF Daytona Beach, United States 25,000 Clay Russia Daria Kasatkina 2–6, 6–4, 0–6
Win 9–2 May 2015 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay Spain Yvonne Cavallé Reimers 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win 10–2 Oct 2015 Abierto Victoria, Mexico 50,000 Hard France Amandine Hesse 6–4, 6–3
Win 11–2 Sep 2016 One Love Tennis Open, United States 50,000 Hard United States Melanie Oudin 6–4, 6–2

Doubles 23: (13–10)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (10–8)
Clay (3–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 6 April 2013 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard Belgium Justine De Sutter Russia Alina Mikheeva
Canada Jillian O'Neill
6–1, 6–4
Winner 2. 26 October 2013 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard Poland Sandra Zaniewska Ukraine Valeriya Strakhova
Brazil Karina Venditti
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [12–10]
Winner 3. 27 December 2013 İstanbul, Turkey Hard (i) Turkey İpek Soylu Japan Yuuki Tanaka
Russia Ekaterina Yashina
6–0, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 1. 25 January 2014 Tinajo, Spain Clay Spain Arabela Fernández Rabener Italy Deborah Chiesa
Colombia Yuliana Lizarazo
2–6, 6–3, [11–13]
Runner-up 2. 1 February 2014 Tinajo, Spain Hard Spain Arabela Fernández Rabener Japan Hikari Yamamoto
Romania Ioana Loredana Roșca
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 8 February 2014 Tinajo, Spain Hard Netherlands Bernice van de Velde China Lu Jiajing
Canada Petra Januskova
5–7, 7–5, [6–10]
Winner 4. 22 March 2014 Ponta Delgada, Portugal Hard Belarus Sviatlana Pirazhenka Czech Republic Tereza Malíková
Czech Republic Pernilla Mendesová
6–1, 6–2
Winner 5. 15 August 2014 Westende, Belgium Hard Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure Russia Marina Melnikova
Russia Evgeniya Rodina
6–2, 6–2
Winner 6. 22 August 2014 Wanfercée-Baulet, Belgium Clay Netherlands Demi Schuurs Argentina Tatiana Búa
Chile Daniela Seguel
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 11 October 2014 Monterrey, México Hard Netherlands Arantxa Rus Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Colombia Mariana Duque
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 7. 1 November 2014 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard Italy Alice Matteucci Romania Ioana Loredana Roșca
Bulgaria Julia Terziyska
6–7(1–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–6]
Runner-up 5. 21 November 2014 New Delhi, India Hard Russia Marina Melnikova China Liu Chang
China Lu Jiajing
3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 25 January 2015 Daytona Beach, United States Clay Netherlands Arantxa Rus United States Sanaz Marand
United States Jan Abaza
4–6, 6–3, [6–10]
Winner 8. 3 July 2015 Denain, France Clay Turkey İpek Soylu Switzerland Xenia Knoll
Argentina Florencia Molinero
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Winner 9. 7 August 2015 Koksijde, Belgium Clay Netherlands Demi Schuurs Poland Justyna Jegiołka
France Sherazad Reix
6–3, 6–2
Winner 10. 26 September 2015 Monterrey, Mexico Hard Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure Russia Marina Melnikova
Luxembourg Mandy Minella
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]
Winner 11. 3 October 2015 Ciudad Victoria, Mexico Hard Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure Argentina María Irigoyen
Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
6–4, 4–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 7. 14 November 2015 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Turkey İpek Soylu Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay
Greece Maria Sakkari
6–7(6–8), 4–6
Winner 12. 29 January 2016 Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France Hard (i) Belgium An-Sophie Mestach Switzerland Viktorija Golubic
Switzerland Xenia Knoll
6–4, 3–6, [10–7]
Runner-up 8. 9 April 2016 Changwon, South Korea Hard China Lu Jiajing South Korea Han Na-lae
South Korea Yoo Mi
6–4, 3–6, [7–10]
Runner-up 9. 14 August 2016 Landisville, United States Hard Belgium An-Sophie Mestach United Kingdom Freya Christie
United Kingdom Laura Robson
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 25 September 2016 Albuquerque, United States Hard Luxembourg Mandy Minella Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
United States Maria Sanchez
2–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 29 October 2016 Tampico, Mexico Hard Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United Kingdom Katie Swan
6–0, 6–2

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A Q2 A SF 0 / 1 5–1 83%
French Open A Q3 3R 4R 0 / 2 5–2 71%
Wimbledon Q3 Q2 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
US Open Q1 1R 1R 4R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Win–loss 0–0 0–1 2–3 13–4 0 / 4 15–8 65%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A Q1 2R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Miami Open A A Q1 3R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Madrid Open A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
China Open A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar opens[2] A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Italian Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Canadian Open A A A QF 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Cincinnati Open A A Q1 QF 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Wuhan Open A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 0 3 22 18 43
Titles 0 0 1 3 4
Finals 0 0 2 3 5
Year End Ranking 157 120 35 $2,504,113

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open A A 2R 1R 1–2
French Open A A 1R 1R 0–2
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 3R 5–3
US Open A A 2R 1–1
Win–loss 0–0 1–1 4–4 0–2 5–7

Record against top 10 players[edit]

Mertens's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10 (as of 4 June 2018):

Player Record Win% Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–2, 0–6, 3–6) at 2016 US Open
Serbia Jelena Janković 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Lost (6–0, 4–6, 3–6) at 2016 Mallorca
Romania Simona Halep 0–2 0% 0–0 0–2 0–0 Lost (2–6, 1–6) at 2018 French Open
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 Lost (3–6, 6–7(2–7)) at 2018 Australian Open
United States Venus Williams 0–2 0% 0–0 0–1 0–1 Lost (6–7(7–9), 4–6) at 2017 Wimbledon
Number 2 ranked players
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2017 Dubai
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (5-7, 7-5, 3-6) at 2018 Cincinnati
Number 3 ranked players
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 1–2 33% 1–1 0–1 0–0 Lost (5–7, 3–6) at 2018 Montréal
United States Sloane Stephens 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (7–6(10–8), 6–2) at 2018 Cincinnati
Number 4 ranked players
Italy Francesca Schiavone 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–1, 3–6, 6–1) at 2016 Mallorca
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 1–2 33% 1–1 0–0 0–1 Lost (2-6, 2-6) at 2018 Wimbledon
United Kingdom Johanna Konta 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6–7(7-4), 6-3) at 2018 San José
Number 5 ranked players
Italy Sara Errani 3–0 100% 0–0 3–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–1) at 2018 Rabat
Canada Eugenie Bouchard 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–1, 6–4) at 2018 Montréal
Number 6 ranked players
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–3,6–7(2–7), 7–5) at 2017 Båstad
Number 7 ranked players
France Caroline Garcia 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (6–7(4-7), 4–6) at 2017 Wuhan
United States Madison Keys 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 6–7(6–8)) at 2017 US Open
Number 10 ranked players
France Kristina Mladenovic 1–3 25% 1–2 0–1 0–0 Lost (4–6, 4–6) at 2018 Fed Cup
Total 12–19 38.71% 6–10
(37.5%)
4–6
(40%)
2–3
(40%)

Top 10 wins per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2017
1. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková No. 10 China Open, Beijing, China Hard 1st Round 7–6(7–4), 6–1
2018
2. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 4 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Quarterfinals 6–4, 6–0
3. United States Sloane Stephens No. 3 Cincinnati Open, Cincinnati, United States Hard 3rd Round 7–6(10–8), 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergman, Justin (23 January 2018). "Unseeded Belgian Mertens reaches Australian Open semis". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  2. ^ admin (13 January 2018). "Elise Mertens". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Mertens pulls off historic title defense in Hobart". WTA. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  4. ^ David Packman (21 January 2018). "Mertens' dream AO debut rolls on". Australian Open. Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  5. ^ Piers Newbery (23 January 2018). "Elise Mertens shocks Elina Svitolina to reach semi-finals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Wozniacki serves up first Australian Open final". 25 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Cibulkova charges into SW19 second week with Mertens win". 7 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018. 

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