Elise Mertens (WTA 15) on Thursday managed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in Cincinnati (hardcourt/2.874.299 dollar).
The 22-year-old Limburg took it after 1 hour and 43 minutes of tennis in two sets against the American Sloane Stephens (WTA 3), this spring, losing finalist at Roland Garros and last year’s winner at the US Open. It was the first duel between the two players. It was 7-6 (10/8) 6-2.
Mertens plays later Thursday in Cincinnati also still in the doubles. She comes to, on the side of the Dutch Demi Schuurs, in the quarter-finals against the first seed, the Czech tandem Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova.