Elise Mertens (WTA 14) looks on Thursday in the second round of the Australian Open, the Russian Margarita Gasparyan (WTA 91) in the eyes. The Limburg played never against Gasparyan, who last year in Tashkent the title conquered. “It is a step into the unknown, but I will have enough info to obtain”, stated Mertens Wednesday.
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“I know its not as good, because took it, never against her”, said Mertens. “Gasparyan is quite large, so I expect that they will greatly save. I will be with my coach David Taylor now figure out what tennis she is on the mat, how they save, and what tactical schemes they follow.”
Mertens made last year, with a place in the semi-finals, impression in Melbourne. The expectations around the Belgian are so high. In the first round put Mertens Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA 59) to the side with 6-2 and 7-5. “The first rounds are always difficult. I was a little tense, but have the party ultimately properly addressed. I know what in my game can still improve. I try every game again my best level to pick up.”
Mertens is in Australia also have to put in et doubles, by the side of the White-Russian Aryna Sabalenka. In the first round they play against the Dutch Demi Schuurs and the American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Mertens was a long-time (successful) tandem with Schuurs.