After a fight of 2h35, Elise Mertens achieved a small feat by eliminating world No.3 Simona Halep in the round of 16 in Madrid. She will be pitted against Aryna Sabalenka, who dispatched Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals.
After world n ° 2 Naomi Osaka, it is the turn of n ° 3 Simona Halep to prematurely leave the WTA 1000 in Madrid. The Romanian, victorious in the tournament in 2016 and 2017, suffered the law of the world No.16, Elise Mertens, after a match that lasted 2h35: 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. The Belgian had never managed to take a set from Halep in their three previous encounters on clay, and the streak continued, with the loss of the first set after a decisive break by the Romanian at 3-3. But between two players in great difficulty in service (9 double faults and 7 breaks conceded for Mertens, 10 double faults and 8 breaks conceded for Halep), the match ultimately turned in favor of the lower ranked player. After three breaks on each side in the second set, the Belgian took the opposing serve at the best time, 6-5. And in the third, the former world No.1 led 3-1, but she saw her opponent fall back to 3-3, and again lost her serve at 6-5, and therefore the game. A defeat which will not prevent him from remaining world No. 3 next Monday, but which worries a little one month from Roland Garros.
A first #MMOPEN quarterfinal for the Belgian!
– wta (@WTA) May 4, 2021
Elise Mertens will face Aryna Sabalenka in the quarter-finals, who has spent only 53 minutes on the court, the time to arch-dominate Jessica Pegula, who was playing her second clay game of the season. The Belarusian won 6-1, 6-2, with just one break point to defend, despite already leading 3-1 in the first set. The world No. 7 saved this ball and continued with a 4-1 break to pocket the first set. In the second, she broke at 2-2 and 4-2 to win and secure the best ranking of her career on Monday (6th, at least).
MADRID (Spain, WTA 1000, clay, € 2,546,105)
Title holder (in 2019): Kiki Bertens (PBS)
Round of 16
Barty (AUS, n ° 1) beats Swiatek (POL, n ° 14): 7-5, 6-4
Kvitova (RTC, n ° 9) beats Kudermetova (RUS): 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Badosa (ESP, WC) beats Sevastova (LET, Q): 6-7 (0), 7-6 (3), 6-0
Bencic (SUI, n ° 8) beats Jabeur (TUN): 7-6 (2), 4-3 abandonment
Sabalenka (BIE, n ° 5) beats Pegula (USA): 6-1, 6-2
Mertens (BEL, n ° 13) beats Halep (ROU, n ° 3): 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – Brady (USA, n ° 11)
Sakkari (GRE, n ° 16) – Muchova (RTC)