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David Goffin and Elise Mertens qualify for second round in Melbourne

Best Belgians go by

After two days in Melbourne continue to be in singles only Elise Mertens (WTA 14) and David Goffin (ATP 22) – not coincidentally the best Belgian tennis players.

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Mission accomplished: David Goffin and Elise Mertens won their first match against at the Australian Open. Patrick Hamilton/belga

    

David Goffin and Elise Mertens qualify for second round in Melbourne

Best Belgians go by

After two days in Melbourne continue to be in singles only Elise Mertens (WTA 14) and David Goffin (ATP 22) – not coincidentally the best Belgian tennis players.

Steven Darcis can’t stunt

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TennisAustralian Open

Serge Fayat

Melbourne For the Belgian tennis was yesterday is not the sun is shining, but there was progress after the baaldag of the previous day, when three Belgians were turned off.

David Goffin continued, as he himself put it, “a good first step forward” by the easy win of the young Chileen Christian Garin (ATP 86), who in his first Australian Open participated: 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2 in less than an hour and a half.

“Was it easy? There are no easy matches, ” said Goffin afterwards. ‘Garin is still young. I was immediately very aggressive and got him quickly on his forehand attacked, I saw that he struggles with. Then I have things well under control. I am in any case satisfied. This is very positive for the future.’

What Goffin perhaps the most plezierde: his elbow gives him no more trouble

What Goffin perhaps the most plezierde: his elbow gives him no more trouble. He may again at 200 kilometres per hour trying to serve and from the baseline is full in the ball throw. That will be necessary, since from Thursday, wait for Marius Copil (ATP 61), a 28-year-old Romanian powerhouse that last year in Basel Marin Cilic and Sascha Zverev (ATP 4) was correct. Then may follow the young Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 16), a finalist in Brisbane.

One-handed backhand

Also Elise Mertens could place themselves for the second round (6-2 and 7-5), at the expense of the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA 59). The 23-year-old belgian, who last year in the semi-finals he got warm in the second set, when she suddenly 5-2 achterstond and then take two setballen had to rescue. “I felt a mix of stress and excitement,” said Mertens. ‘I started very strong, but then I made mistakes, especially with my forehand (16 in total, ed.), what me backwards did crawl. At 5-2 in her favor, I said to myself: “Stop, no emotions anymore and just on that ball, even if going outside”. And I was able to turn the tide.’

In the next round will find Mertens, the Russian Margarita Gasparyan (WTA 91) with her one-handed backhand. Such as Roger Federer, her great example.

Steven Darcis can’t stunt

Steve Darcis (ATP 321) in the first round of the Australian Open can’t be a surprise. He went with 6-1, 6-4 and 6-4 down against the Croat Borna Coric (ATP 12).

‘I have a correct match is played but not exceptional’, said the 34-year-old Darcis, after the loss against the twelve-year-younger Coric, one of the emerging talents in the mannencircuit. “I still had some last a blokkage in the back that I did some days ago on training amounted to a return. But it went well. My storage turned also well. But he is just very difficult to destabilize.’

Darcis looks in spite of the rapid exit with a satisfied feeling back. He is there again after a long period of inactivity by a elleboogblessure. (blg)

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