Elise Mertens (WTA 15) is Monday with a great deal of effort placed for the second round of the US Open, the fourth and last grand slam tournament of the season.
The 22-year-old Mertens won in the first round in three sets the four-year-old Japanese Kurumi Nara (WTA 99): 6-2, 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 after 2 hours and 42 minutes. In the second set, was Mertens with a 6-5 three match balls, but she knew not to redeem. Nara raised a set of three right away her opslagspel in, but the Japanese then went twice through the service of Mertens, that a treatment ordered for her neck and shoulders. The 15th seed knew now, the plight tennis: 7-5.
In their only previous mutual duel drew Mertens in January of this year at the longest end, they it a little bit easier. On the hard court in Hobart, where our compatriot, eventually, the title in the bag put out, it was 6-0 and 6-4.
For Mertens, it is the first victory on the main table of the US Open. In 2016 she had at her first participation of the head bow for Garbine Muguruza. Last year she went straight down against Madison Keys, who until the final kicked off.
In the second round at Flushing Meadows collides with the Belgian number one on Vera Lapko (WTA 72). The White Russian was made with twice 6-3 to strong for the Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko (WTA 86). Mertens and Lepko played once before against each other. Earlier this year, won our compatriot in three sets with 6-1, 4-6 and 6-4 on the clay courts in Lugano, where Mertens is also the title picked up.
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