Mertens starts against Dart, Van Uytvanck against Svitolina, Minnen meets Australian

Mertens start tegen Dart, Van Uytvanck tegen Svitolina, Minnen treft Australische

Elise Mertens (WTA-16) will take on British Harriet Dart (WTA-141) in the first round of Wimbledon, who can participate thanks to a wildcard. For Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA-57) a much heavier opponent came out of the draw on Friday. She will meet the Ukrainian third seed Elina Svitolina (WTA-5), who was still semi-finalist at the previous edition in 2019.

Mertens took on Dart once before. In 2014, she defeated the then very young 24-year-old British on hard courts 6-2 and 6-1 at an ITF tournament in Ponta Delgada (Azores). If Mertens also wins this time, she will face a duel with the Chinese Zhu Lin (WTA-99) or the German Mona Barthel (WTA-187) in the second round.

Van Uytvanck also looked her opponent in the eye once before. In 2015, she had to beat Svitolina on the hard court of Indian Wells with 4-5, 7-6 (7/4) and 6-1. If she can surprise the 26-year-old Ukrainian this time, she will compete in the second round against the Polish Magda Linette (WTA-44) or the American Amanda Anisimova (WTA-79).

Qualifying player Greet Minnen (WTA-119) faces Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (WTA-72) for the first time. If she takes that hurdle, the French Alize Cornet (WTA-63) or the Canadian Bianca Andreescu (WTA-7) will be the next opponent.

Mertens and Hsieh are placed third in doubles

Elise Mertens and Hsieh Su-Wei open Wimbledon as third seed in women’s doubles. Mertens, seventh in the world doubles ranking, and the Taiwanese Hsieh, number four in the world, will face the Russian Vitalia Diatchenko (WTA 512) and the Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva (WTA 150) in the first round.

Elise Mertens has already won two grand slam doubles tournaments, the 2019 US Open and this year’s Australian Open, each time with Aryna Sabalenka by her side. Because the Belarusian decided to prioritize her career in singles, the Belgian number one then formed a team with Hsieh Su-Wei, with whom she already died in the sixteenth finals at Roland Garros. On grass, the duo were eliminated in the semi-finals in Birmingham last week.

Hsieh Su-Wei is the defending champion in women’s doubles at Wimbledon. In 2019 Su-Wei won on the London grass with the Czech Barbora Strycova. In the final they beat Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and China’s Xu Yifan. Remarkably, Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova eliminated Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals of 2019. Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the corona pandemic.

Hsieh Su-Wei previously won two Grand Slams with the Chinese Shuai Peng: Wimbledon 2013 and Roland Garros 2014.

Greet Minnen (WTA 105) and Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 100) will start their tournament against the American duo Amanda Anisimova (WTA 494) and Sloane Stephens (WTA 617).

Wimbledon will be the fourth Grand Slam that Greet Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck play together. They reached the second round in London in 2019 and at Roland Garros last year. They were eliminated in the first round at the Australian Open last year. (belga)

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