Elise Mertens seems to be dragging herself a bit to the end of her season. She still fights like the best but her tennis lacks sparkle. In addition to her ongoing problems with the service – Mertens made thirteen double faults on Friday and only managed an average of 52 percent first serves – ensures that the 25-year-old Hamontse continues to be a bit on the spot. And that’s a shame because just now there are opportunities to participate in the WTA Finals in Guadalajara (November 10-17). 

Mertens is still in eleventh place in that race to the Masters, but the chance that Ash Barty (WTA 1) and Naomi Osaka (WTA 12) will travel to Mexico for the final tournament with the best eight players of 2021 is small. rather minimal. In Indian Wells many points were up for grabs and Maria Sakkari (number six in the race) and Garbine Muguruza (number seven) both lost on the second lap, allowing Mertens to do a good thing. That didn’t work and now our compatriot has to hope that the players behind her (Gauff, Svitolina, Pegula) do not achieve a top result at the BNP Paribas Open.

The fact that Mertens can still claim a place in the unofficial world championship is due to the great volatility at the top of the circuit and her own regularity. The 25-year-old Limburger missed due to problems with the pectoral muscle and elbow – hence the storage problems? – a few weeks this year but eventually still participated in nineteen tournaments in which she booked 27 victories out of 46 matches she played. To make a comparison: in 2020 she brought 33 of her 46 parties to a good end over the entire (corona) season. 

Mertens is in any case still registered in the Moscow tournaments (October 18) and Cluj-Napoca (October 25), while she has also been selected for the final phase of the Billy Jean King Cup (November 1) in the run-up to those Masters. Good program knowing that she will be there in Guadalajara anyway. After all, together with partner Su-Wei Hsieh, she is about to qualify for the WTA Finals in doubles. A good result in Indian Wells and the case is beeped. In the first round, second seed Mertens-Hsieh beat the duo Anisimova-Yastremska 6-1, 6-

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