Elise Mertens (WTA-18) has failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the WTA-tournament of Rabat ($250,000). The 23-year-old Limburg had Thursday in 1 hour and 52 minutn with 6-4 and 7-6 (7/2) defeated the Greek Maria Sakkari (WTA 51). Mertens was first seed and titelverdedigster on the gravel in the Moroccan capital.
Sakkari featured a Belgian tête-à-tête in the semi-finals. Friday she takes it to a final against Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA-52), which Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA-122) with 5-7, 6-1 and 6-2 off.
Van Uytvanck was once previously against Sakkari. Last year, the 23-year-old Greek in the quarter-finals on the grass in Ilkley at 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 3-0 in favor of the 25-year-old Flemish-Brabant.