Elise Mertens (WTA 37) attempts Thursday to 04u00 Belgian time against the Danish Caroline Wozniacki (WTA 2) for an historic finals at the Australian Open. “The semi-final play is a big dream come true,” said the 22-year-old Limburg.
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“If someone offers me for the start of the tournament I had said that I made the semi-finals, I had probably hard to laugh”, gave Mertens. “I found a kwalificatiespeelster in the first round and knew that there were chances to advance. Afterwards, I looked at the contest, per contest. Now the semi-finals to finish, gives me a wow-feeling. But I don’t want to stop, know and feel that I still have the energy have to go.”
Mertens may, after Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin in the third Belgian to be the final of a grand slam tournament. Then our compatriot over Wozniacki, the number two of the world. “She has a lot of experience,” says Mertens. “She reads the game well and defends very strong. I’m going to try to get me on myself to focus and stay focused. The vrouwentennis is hard evolved, and the difference with the absolute top as Wozniacki is not more irreconcilable. I have the trophy already seen on tv but hope its fast in the real to take.”
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