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Elise Mertens starts off with ambition to Roland Garros: “There are some changes”

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After her semi-final at the Australian Open wants Elise Mertens are happy to confirm on the Parisian clay. “The ambition is the third round and more, but I look at it match per match,” says Mertens on the eve of Roland Garros.

After her last workout Wednesday in the Kim Clijsters Academy leaves Elise Mertens Thursday at Roland Garros. In addition to her stunt in Australia, she knew this season already has three WTA titles to win. “The gravelseizoen is a very good start for me,” says Mertens. “Then came that infection, but I had a short break.”

Last year, Mertens the third round, leaving them with ambition to Paris should leave. “If seed is now a very different story, but the ranking says nothing,” said Mertens, number 16 of the world. “Roland Garros is as at home playing for me. All Belgians to come to Paris and everybody’s behind me.”

Despite its new status in the vrouwentennis find the Limburg, that they are not yet at the absolute top players do hear. “There is, however, what has changed, because they know me now,” says Mertens. “But they give very few gifts and points. Also experience plays, but now I am already in that position.”

The chance exists that Mertens in the first round by the returning Serena Williams comes out, but that instills no fear in it. “If she plays well, is that less fun,” laughs Mertens. “But it comes back and I feel good, so everything is possible.”

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