| 17 November 1995 (age 20)
Leuven, Belgium (1995-11-17) |
Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Elise Mertens (born 17 November 1995) is a Belgian tennis player.
Mertens has won one WTA singles title and one WTA doubles title in her career, as well as several ITF titles. Mertens has a WTA singles career high ranking of 39 achieved on 28 August 2017 and a WTA doubles career high ranking of 55 achieved on 7 August 2017.
Mertens reached a career high juniors ranking of 7 in 2013. She made her WTA main draw debut at the 2015 Copa Colsanitas in the doubles event, partnering Nastja Kolar. She won her first WTA doubles title at the 2016 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, partnering An-Sophie Mestach.
In January, Mertens won the Hobart International, beating No.3 seed Monica Niculescu in the final. As a result of this she broke into the WTA top 100 for the first time, on 16 January 2017.
After missing the Australian Open qualifying due to her Hobart campaign, Mertens reached the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy through qualifying and lost to Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets. She then competed at the Dubai Tennis Championships, where, as a qualifer, she beat Tsvetana Pironkova en route to the second round where she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska. Despite her loss, Mertens reached a new career-ranking of World No.69. She then lost in the first round of the Malaysian Open to qualifer and eventual quarterfinalist Lesley Kerkhove. After that, she failed to qualify to both Indian Wells and Miami Open, losing in the first round of qualifying to Sachia Vickery and Alison Van Uytvanck, respectively.
At the Ladies Open Biel Bienne, Mertens upset No.8 seed Monica Niculescu and beat Mona Barthel en route to the quarterfinals, losing there to eventual finalist Anett Kontaveit.
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