Elise Mertens, together with Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh, was unable to qualify for the quarterfinals of the doubles at Roland Garros on Sunday.
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The first seed heads lost 5-7, 6-4 and 7-5 in the third round against American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Polish Iga Swiatek. Mertens and Hsieh led 1-5 in the third set and despite seven match balls they could not finish it. The match lasted no less than 3 hours and 11 minutes.
It was the first time that Mertens (WTA 2 double) played in a grand slam tournament alongside Hsieh, number three in the double ranking. Before that, the Belgian played with Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who chose to prioritize singles after the Australian Open. Together with Sabalenka, Mertens won two grand slam tournaments: the US Open in 2019 and the Australian Open this year.
In the singles on the Paris clay court, Mertens (WTA 15) lost on Saturday in the third round 7-5, 6-7 (2/7) and 6-2 to the Greek Maria Sakkari (WTA 18).