Ruben Bemelmans has gestunt at the Australian Open. Our fellow went in the first round, the Frenchman Lucas Pouille (ATP 18) in four sets. Pouille was on the Davis Cup is still the scapegoat for the Belgians. Bemelmans place for the first time for the second round at the Australian Open. Also Elise Mertens (WTA 37) and Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 75) won in their first round Alison Van Uytvanck is turned off.
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Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 117) started out as a whirlwind to the match against Pouille: already after half an hour of the first set with 6-4. The second set also went to Bemelmans with the same digits, but then offered Pouille in the third and possible decisive set yet more resistance. The number 18 in the WTA ranking, won a tiebreaker and out of the fire and won who are also 4-7.
The fourth set could not have been better start for Bemelmans, who is immediately by the storage of Pouille went. The Frenchman, however, broke right back, but then stormed to the Reply to 4-2. Pouille bite, however, fixed and returned all the way back: 4-4. Bemelmans remained on serve, and finished it off in a nail-biting tie break: 8-6, through to the next round and a stunt format!
In the next round wait for our compatriot Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP 60). The Georgian retired in the first round of the Austrian Gerald Melzer (ATP 100).
Match results: 6-4; 6-4; 6-7 (4-7); 7-6 (8-6)
“A top 20 player knocking on a grandslam is actually a bit of a fool,” said Bemelmans. “But it shows that I am on the right road. I find my victory certainly not stolen, I was strong for the day and did well on the tactical field. From the third set went Pouille more aggressive tennis, but I held out. I got it warm and felt the nerves, but did not doubt.”
It is the first time of his career that Bemelmans in the second round at the Australian Open. Therein he looks at the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (ATP 61) in the eyes. “I played never against him, but knows what is waiting for me”, commented the Observer forward. “It will be there for me to arrive to a lot of variety in my game to cross. If I have this pass, I can hurt him. In my head, barrel I the party as an outsider, I feel that I have the qualities have to knock him.”
Mertens without any difficulty
Really a lot of effort had Elise Mertens not with Viktoria Kuzmova, the number 125 on the WTA-ranking. After just hours, 58 minutes to be exact, explained Mertens the Slovakian all about the knee in two short sets: 6-2 and 6-1. “A match win at a grand slam always feels special”, responded to the Limburg after the game.
“I still felt a bit tired from the past few weeks, but played with a lot of confidence. I was a little less under pressure, because it is only a first round. In Hobart I played tennis in the finals, that happens not every day. I got my profit on the tournament with the necessary congratulations, including that of David Goffin. Did that very virtue.”
In the next round, wait for Daria Gavrilova (WTA 23). The Australian knocked in the first round of the American kwalificatiespeelster Irina Falconi (WTA 131) in twice 6-1. “We looked at each other all of four times in the face, so I know how she plays,” says Mertens. “She plays tennis with abandon, but I’m currently in good shape and just need to make myself look. The match was possible on a large court will take place, scares me not. On the contrary, I love just of it.”
Flipkens punch by
“I am very happy with the victory”, responded Flipkens. “Due to a shoulder injury was my preparation is not ideal, so this result is better than expected. Even when I first set lost, I shot not in a panic because I didn’t feel had been played. Afterwards, I got better in my game.”
‘Flipper’ is in the second round against the Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova (WTA 21), that is today, the better was the American Taylor Townsend (WTA 89) (6-0, 7-5). Flipkens and Rybarikova took it several times already against each other: the last time was in 2013 in Tokyo, when the Slovakian at the longest end pulled.
“Our way of playing tennis seems a bit on each other”, looks Flipkens ahead of the duel. “Rybarikova serves well and likes to come to the net, these things I will have to take into account. I hope also that match well, and that my ailments are not back so-called. The important thing now is to recover with the physiotherapists.”
Flipkens is Wednesday, also in action in the doubles. Together with the Italian Francesca Schiavone, she will take it in the first round against the Chinese-Canadian duo Yifan Xu – Gabriela Dabrowski. Also Alison Van Uytvanck, earlier today off in singles, jonathan yet.
Alison Van Uytvanck off
Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 77) ran aground in the first round after a defeat against Petra Martic (WTA 81). After 1 hour and 36 minutes was the final score 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 in favor of the Croatian. “I haven’t properly played enough. It is not more difficult than that,” says the 23-year-old Belgian.
“It’s not fun. I had the me else suggested. I’ve now been a few days difficult to get my rhythm. My neck is also a bit stiff, that helps of course not”, responds Van Uytvanck. “The playing conditions were also not easy. There was a lot of wind, but that was, of course, for both of us.”
Van Uytvanck: “self-Confidence found”
The young Belgian is extra disappointed because they say that they do, the odds had to have the upper hand. “I’m in the first set came back from 4-1 and 5/1 in the tiebreak and had that can win”, says the. “There are no great things lost, but at the important moments of my storage and my forehand let me down.”
Petra Martic was for Van Uytvanck, however, one feasible option. Certainly in comparison with Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, against in its previous two entries had to come out at Melbourne Park. The Grimbergen was Monday, however, again under the stress.
“I need my confidence to find and the stress of learning to suppress. I know that and I work there too for quite a long time,” says Van Uytvanck. “But if it would be easy to say, the problem would be long solved.”