For Elise Mertens (WTA 15) came Sunday in the eighth-finals to an end at the US Open. The American titelverdedigster Sloane Stephens (WTA 3) appeared in two sets too strong for our 22-year-old compatriot. “This is frustrating, because I wanted here really do better”, well-known Mertens after the end of the party in New York.
“She gets a lot of balls back, what is there, of course, not easy to do to make a point to make. I wanted to play it aggressively, but that was not enough. In addition, I had to many errors to note. Though they also played strong, I’ve done everything”, concluded Mertens. “It was a wonderful experience to be in the Arthur Ashestadion against the number three in the world to play.”
What the consequences of the defeat for Mertens’ ranking, and its prospects for participation in the Masters in Singapore, it will not be until the next days show. It depends on the results of Serena Williams (WTA 26), Madison Keys (WTA 14), Maria Sharapova (WTA 22), Naomi Osaka (WTA 19), Aryna Sabalenka (WTA 20) and Carla Suarez Navarro (WTA 24), players with a lower ranking than Mertens, but still in the tournament sit.
A defeat against the titelverdedigster, who also own public play, it is no shame for Mertens, at the beginning of this year halvefinaliste at the Australian Open. Year after year, they still better results are achieved. “She is already a good player and she is indeed still better”, gave Stephens. “She has a fantastic year behind us. Two weeks she tapped me and so I knew what me here to wait.”