Elise Mertens qualified tonight for the semifinals of the Australian Open, which she won on Thursday to take on the number two of the world. Caroline Wozniacki won her quarterfinal against Carla Suárez Navarro, however, only after three sets, 6-0, 6-7 (3-7) 6-2. In the first demonstrated by the Danish why they are second on the WTA-ranking, but ultimately, she had a set of allow against the Spanish and that makes for hope in the Belgian camp.
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The 22-year-old Elise Mertens (WTA 37) in her semi-final at the Australian Open against Caroline Wozniacki. The 27-year-old Danish is currently second on the WTA-ranking and beat Carla Suárez Navarro (WTA 39).
Wozniacki cold rolled, especially in the first set on her opponent: only after seven games could Spanish her first game win…
In the second set showed Suárez Navarro why they are in the quarter finals. They went higher in the track play and was even 4-2. Wozniacki fought back but was still down in the tiebreak: 6-7 (3-7).
In the third and deciding set began the fatigue by to weigh in Suárez Navarro, who was also a marathonwedstrijd in the legs of the previous round. Wozniacki broke in the third game, and dropped her prey then no more los: 6-2. Noteworthy: the Danish hit a total of ten aces.
That Suárez Navarro, who is just two places lower ranked than Mertens, managed Wozniacki a set to get it does the best prospects for our compatriot.
Wozniacki took on the Australian Open once before the semi-final round: in 2011, she lost of the Chinese Li Na, who on her turn in the finals, the thumbs would lay against Kim Clijsters. The Danish clean won, also never a Grand Slam, but it was already two times in the final of the US Open (2009, 2014) was between October 2010 and January 2012 a total of 67 weeks in the number one of the world.
“I have nothing to lose”
Wozniacki, of course, is the topfavoriete against Mertens that realizes our fellow himself only too well: “The coincidence wants that I Wozniacki and Suárez Navarro last year and met at the same tournament, in the Swedish Bastad,” said Mertens after her victory in the quarter-finals. “I knocked there first, Suarez Navarro in three sets, but had to later, also in three sets – beaten Wozniacki.”
“I expect me again to be a difficult match. But well, these are the semi-finals. Anything can happen. And I have again nothing to lose. I will be the outsider, just like today. But I still have enough energy and I’m ready.”