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Elise Mertens in the clouds after ‘Sunshine Double’: “This is very impressive”

Elise Mertens was Sunday evening in the clouds after them together with the White-Russian Aryna Sabalenka the dubbeltoernooi in Miami had won. Two weeks ago, triumphed the duo is already in Indian Wells, making them the ‘Sunshine Double’ realized. “Two major titles in a row conquer, that is not nothing”, said the 23-year-old Mertens after the 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 victory against the Australian Samantha Stosur and the Chinese shoot fighting Zhang, who at the beginning of this year, the Australian Open won.

“This is very impressive, also for me,” said Mertens, who Monday climbed to the sixth spot on the dubbelranking. “We have once again an incredible week experienced. It was pleasant to be in the new Hard Rock Stage to play. I have better played than in the semi-finals. The first set was very important, I was very pleased that we still managed to win. We led with 5-3 and had a few setballen, but eventually they came back.”

“We work hard to give nice performance to put down, even if it is only doubles”, continued Mertens. “The next goal is possible to try to win a grand slam tournament with Aryna, but we don’t want to jinx. Singles is still the most important. I have it in any case greatly to my sense, on the side of Aryna. She is very relaxed on the court and gives 100 percent on every ball. We’ll see what the future has in store for us.”

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