The 23-year-old Elise Mertens (WTA 14) last night in Melbourne the Slovak Anna Karolína Schmiedlová (WTA 59) beaten in two sets.
The first set of this first round won Elise Mertens fairly smoothly, with 6-2 but in the second set, the 24-year-old Schmiedlová more resistance. After a thrilling encounter could be the Belgium number 1 there is still 7-5. The match lasted 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Mertens, the twelfth seed in Melbourne, punch through to the second round, where they will compete against the Russian Margarita Gasparyan (24), 91st in the WTA-ranking. Gasparyan defeated the 24-year-old Chinese Lin Zhu (WTA 118).
Monday were both Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 50), Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 52) if Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 159) eliminated in the first round of the first grand slam tournament of the year. Mertens is the only Belgian, who is still active on the Australian Open in the women.
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