Elise Mertens (WTA-37) will leave after two excellent weeks of the Australian Open with his head raised and a place in the top 20 on the WTA rankings. The Limburg was Thursday in the semi-finals is no match against the Danish Caroline Wozniacki (WTA-2), but played an excellent tournament. “For me, there won’t be much change,” said Mertens, who Friday, return by flight to Belgium.
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Mertens will take on her return a few days rest. “It will do me good to my tennisraket not to touch. I am still a bit exhausted”, gave the 22-year-old Mertens. “The biggest lesson I in this tournament have learned? In tennis, everything can! Mental toughness and confidence are extremely important. In the second round, I was in the first set, 5-0 (against the Australian Daria Gavrilova (WTA-23)), but I kept fighting and won the set even. Thanks to my mental strength, I am so far lost.”
“There will be more expected of me to be”
Mertens will be Monday, when the new world rankings published, on the twentieth place of the WTA-ranking. That opens new doors. “In some tournaments, I will seed, which is nice. In the draws I will probably have a better starting position, if all goes well, even at Roland-Garros,” says Mertens. “Other players will now be else to watch me. There will be more expected of me, but so far, I always good with the press. I have to admit, I also by my title, successfully defending in Hobart.”
“Yes, I am soon to be in the top 20. That is a dream come true, but it was not a goal in itself. My ambitions are higher.”