Elise Mertens (WTA 20) has her match in the third round of Roland Garros against the eight places higher ranked Anastasija Sevastova (WTA 12) with a 7-6, 4-6 and 11-9 lost. The Limburg moisture three hours and twenty minutes long, an intense and completely close contest with her Latvian opponent, decorated five matchpunten, but folded eventually in the nineteenth game of the third set.
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Elise Mertens had her first two matches at Roland Garros easily won, but was in its third round with the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, the twelfth seed in Paris, her first big test (for me).
And or Mertens on the test. From the first game were both players completely matched. To illustrate: at 2-2 in the tiebreak of the first set had Mertens and Sevastova each exactly 39 points scored. Eventually Mertens that tiebreak yet with conviction about the line: 7-3. The numerous Belgian fans joelden it out in the stands of the Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
But those who thought that the Limburg train after the setwinst all the way left, had the tough Latvian opponent counted. Sevastova sailed through twice the storage of Mertens to 1-4. Our compatriot is a vechtertje, came back to 4-4, but suffered then fatal opslagverlies. After an intense game beat Mertens unnecessarily the first set point for Sevastova in the net: 4-6 for the Latvian.
And the fully gelijkopgaande battle continued in set three, in which both players a whopping four games one after the other, failed their own opslagspelletje to win. The rallies were longer and more spectacular. The errors due to fatigue. At 5-4 for Mertens was our compatriot, a first matchpunt on the storage of Sevastova, but could not use. Sevastova hit in the third set of a lot more winners, but piled up the unforced errors. Another says it all, unforced error, and a delicious rally produced a second and third matchpunt on for Mertens at 6-5. Again without success.
No tiebreak in the last set and so got the marathonmatch an extra tail. And it was Mertens crashed. Literally. Mertens shoved in the slot of the third set, but preferably five times on the clay courts of Paris. Fatigue or poor footwear? Figuratively kept Mertens was still standing against the powertennis of Sevastova. At 9-8 (!) in the third set, took Mertens, her fourth and fifth matchbal, but again she could not redeem. A fatal error.
Because in the nineteenth game gave Mertens its own storage price. Sevastova showed that beckoning opportunity on its own storage, and served a love game to the eighth-finals. Particularly unfortunate for Mertens, who is the head had to bow after a heroic struggle of three hours and twenty minutes. Seven times grand slam winner Mats Wilander called the party between Mertens and Sevastova afterwards on Eurosport the best match this year at Roland Garros so far.