Elise Mertens (STA-21) is there Sunday failed to qualify for the eighth finals of the WTA tournament of Miami (hard/8.648.508 dollar). The 22-year-old Limburg went into the third round without a chance to wriggle out against the British titelverdedigster Johanna Konta (WTA-14), in the second round, even though Kirsten Flipkens turned off (STA-71).
Mertens, the 22nd seed in Florida, won just three games. After 1 hour and 5 minutes she lost with 6-2 and 6-1. It was the first meeting between both players. Konta wait in the eighth-finals, a meeting with the American Venus Williams (WTA-8) or the Dutch Kiki Bertens (WTA 29).
With Mertens was killed the last Belgian in the main table of the singles. Flipkens and Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA-51) lost in the second round, Yanina Wickmayer (WTA 109) and Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA-137) were not beyond the qualifications. In the men’s fourth David Goffin (ATP-9) a comeback in a minor key. The Liège was eliminated in the second round.
With the Netherlands ‘ Demi Schuurs is Mertens still in the eighth finals of the doubles. Therein they give the German Tatjana Maria and the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko party.
The Limburg started with the tournament in the Australian Hobart, and a semifinal at the Australian Open to the season, but in the past weeks it stops the engine. In Doha and Dubai stranded them each time in the sixteenth-finals, at Indian Wells was the second round of the terminus.