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ELISE MERTENS

Belgium

Road to Singapore

7th

SINGLES

10th

DOUBLES

D.O.B.
Nov 17
1995
Height
5' 10"
1.79 m
Weight
148 lbs.
67 kg
Plays
Right-handed
Two-handed backhand
Status
Pro
2013
Personal
Turned pro in 2013...Coached by Robbe Ceyssens, trains at the Kim Clijsters Academy...Previously trained under Belgian Federation until early teens, also spent a year at the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris...Favorite surface is grass, favorite shot is the serve...Began playing tennis at age 4, introduced to game by older sister Lauren, an airline pilot with KLM...First tennis memory is watching Kim Clijsters playing live...Mother is Liliane Barbe (teaches languages and history); father is Guido Mertens (makes furniture for churches)...Was home schooled, enjoyed studying languages...Loves animals and has lots of pets at home, four dogs and a variety of birds (pheasants, peacocks, chickens, cranes)...Speaks English, Dutch/Flemish, and French...short term goal is to end season inside the Top 100, describes qualifying for her first Grand Slam main draw at the 2016 US Open as "fulfilling an important goal."
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (2): 2018 - Hobart; 2017 - Hobart.
Finalist (1): 2017 - Istanbul.
DOUBLES
Winner (3): 2018 - Hobart (w/Schuurs); 2017 - Guangzhou (w/Schuurs); 2016 - Auckland (w/Mestach).
Finalist (2): 2017 - Bucharest (w/Schuurs), Istanbul (w/Melichar).

ADDITIONAL
Belgian Fed Cup Team, 2017-18.
Career Review
2017 - Breakthrough season in 2017, finishing as Belgian No.1 after rising from No.120 to No.35 on the WTA rankings ? simultaneous first Top 50 and Top 100 year-end finish; won singles title at Hobart (as qualifier, d. Niculescu in final); one of five qualifiers to win a singles title in 2017; also advanced to final at Istanbul (l. Svitolina) and made semifinal runs at Bastad (l. Wozniacki), New Haven (l. Cibulkova) and Luxembourg (l. Puig); best showing across majors 3r run at Roland Garros (l. V.Williams); posted first Top 10 win by defeating No.10 Cibulkova in 1r at 2017 Beijing; won second career doubles title at 2017 Guangzhou (w/Schuurs) and reached finals at 2017 Bucharest (w/Schurrs) and Istanbul (w/Melichar).
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