“It was a nice experience, but I had my day. The level was now too high for me,” said Elise Mertens (WTA 16), after first Monday in the eighth finals of Roland-Garros with a 6-2 and 6-1 and was eliminated by the Romanian Simona Halep (WTA-1).
“Only the first four games I was able to with her rival”, responded Mertens afterwards. “Then I went to make a lot of mistakes. I wanted to play it aggressively, but that she did also. They hit well, went on the attack and made the point. In addition, she was also good to defend. There I could not stand up to them, she was too strong. For me she is the titelfavoriete.”
“Of course I am disappointed, because today I not a lot I can show on the site,” went the Limburg further. “Still, I am happy about my tournament. I reached the second week and did better than last year. This was an enriching experience. I see now that I have a number of things need to work. The top ten is yet another level. I’m almost there, but not quite yet.”
Next week, Mertens her grass season in Rosmalen. Then she plays also Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.