Elise Mertens (WTA 18) qualified on Tuesday for the third round (eighth finals) of the WTA tournament in Chicago (hardcourt/565,530 dollars). The Belgian number one, who was the seventh seed free in the first round, took in the second round after one hour and six minutes of tennis in two sets (6-1 and 6-3) the size of the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska (WTA 72). ).
In the last sixteen, Mertens will face the winner of the game between the Japanese Misaki Doi (WTA 111) and the American Danielle Collins (WTA 28), the tenth seed.
Mertens forms the first seed in the doubles in Chicago with Hsieh Su-Wei, who was still too strong for the returning Kim Clijsters in the first round of the singles on Monday. Mertens and Hsieh will play in the second round against the Swiss tandem Viktorija Golubic/Jil Belen Teichmann on Wednesday.
Clijsters also has to pack in doubles immediately together with Flipkens
After her defeat on Monday in the first round of singles, the first round in doubles also turned out to be the end station for Kim Clijsters at the WTA tournament in Chicago on Tuesday (hardcourt/565,530 dollars). Clijsters, playing alongside Kirsten Flipkens, lost after one hour and five minutes of tennis in two sets (6-4 and 6-2) to the Polish duo Magdalena Frech/Katarzyna Kawa.
On Monday, Clijsters lost in the first round of the singles in Chicago in three sets (6-3, 5-7 and 6-3) to the Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei (WTA 97), the regular partner of Elise Mertens in the doubles.
For Kim Clijsters, it was only the fourth official game on Monday since her surprising return to the track in February 2020. Her previous match dates back more than a year ago, September 2, 2020, when she lost in the first round at the US Open against the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova. Since her comeback, the Limburg ex-number 1, good for four grand slams (in the singles), has not yet been able to book a single victory.
Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 135) also lost her first round in the singles in Chicago on Monday. She had to give in to American Danielle Collins (WTA 28) in two sets (6-4 and 6-2).
Elise Mertens started her tournament in Chicago on Tuesday. The Belgian number one, who was the seventh seed free in the first round, won in two sets (6-1 and 6-3) against the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska (WTA 72).
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