World number 15 Elise Mertens will face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the 2021 Birmingham Open on Monday, June 14. Get the live streaming options of this Elise Mertens v Ajla Tomljanovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elise Mertens v Ajla Tomljanovic Head to Head
Their only previous encounter came in the final of the 2018 Rabat Open where Mertens won in straight sets. It was Mertens’ third title of that season, the most she has ever won in a year.
Mertens’ Consistency Hard to Match
Over the last five years, Mertens had made it through to the finals of 10 WTA tournaments and won six of them. Three of the finals losses have come in the last 12 months but even those have been to Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka.
And while Mertens hasn’t been able to replicate the same kind of consistency at Grand Slams, her performances in these WTA 250 and 500-like competitions have been most consistent.
The last time Mertens took to a grass court was at the 2019 Wimbledon and like has been wont, the Belgian reached the fourth round there – her best performance at that major. As an opponent, Mertens is hard to beat and will typically deliver a similar kind of performance day in, day out without a lot of variance.
And while she would like to get past top 10 players more consistently than she does at WTA 1000s and Grand Slams, this is neither that kind of tournament, nor is Tomljanovic that kind of an opponent.
Tomljanovic Struggling on 10-12 This Year
Tomljanovic has featured in 12 tournaments this season, six apiece on hard and clay courts and only in one has she managed to win back to back matches in the main draw of the competition.
That came at the start of the clay swing where she reached the third round of the Charleston Open but since then, the Aussie has failed to go beyond the second round. At Madrid, the world number 76 fell in her opener.
On grass, Tomljanovic doesn’t have the fondest memories either, with a quarterfinal at Mallorca in 2018 and another such appearance in Nottingham in 2019 being her best showing. At Wimbledon, she has twice made the second round but never gone beyond which is in line with her best Grand Slam showing at the Australian Open and US Open.
As one to have done three of her four ITF titles on clay, this switch to grass wouldn’t be the easiest to make for Tomljanovic. Especially not against the class of Mertens.
Mertens v Tomljanovic Prediction and Tip
This looks to be a straightforward match for Mertens, who can be expected to thrash her opponent in straight sets.