Elise Mertens will kickstart her 2021 Luxembourg campaign against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round, on Wednesday, September 15. Get the live streaming options of this Elise Mertens v Aliaksandra Sasnovich match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elise Mertens v Aliaksandra Sasnovich Head to Head
This will be the fifth meeting between Mertens and Sasnovich, with the Belarusian leading the H2H 3-1. Their most recent encounter occurred in Italy 2020, on the clay courts of Palermo, where Sasnovich won 6-4 6-1.
Sasnovich a Tricky Match-Up for Mertens
After receiving a bye in the opening round, Mertens will begin her bid to win the title against Sasnovich in the second round. The Belgian possesses a 30-16 W/L ratio for the year, including a 70% success rate on the hard courts.
Mertens is coming off making the 4th round of the US Open, beating Peterson, Grammatikopoulou, and Jabeur, before losing to eventual semi-finalist Sabalenka 6-4 6-1 in the round of 16.
The 25-year-old has lifted silverware this year on the hard courts, successfully winning in Melbourne at the start of the year. Mertens overcame Hibi, Garcia, Svitolina, and a walkover from Osaka, before defeating Kanepi in the final 6-4 6-1 to lift the trophy.
As Mertens bids for her 7th WTA title, she faces a tricky opener in the shape of Sasnovich, coming out second best on 3 occasions. Mertens will be looking to secure her second win over her opponent and set up a tie with either Vondrousova or Fett.
Sasnovich Opens with Tsurenko Win
Sasnovich kickstarted her Luxembourg campaign with a straight-sets tussle against Tsurenko 7-5 7-6(6) to advance to the second round. The Belarusian teed down 4 aces and was able to break the Tsurenko serve 8 times, winning 51% of return points to overcome her Ukrainian opponent.
The 27-year-old currently holds a 20-17 W/L ratio for the year, with half of these wins coming on the hard courts. The former top-30 player is currently ranked outside the top-100 at #111. The standout results for Sasnovich include 2 quarterfinals on the WTA circuit in Belgrade and most recently in Cleveland.
In Belgarde, the Belarusian was able to fight her way through two 3-set battles against Wang and Busca, before losing to Serrano in the last 8. Cleveland saw Sasnovich record impressive wins against McHale and Podoroska, before losing to Begu 6-2 6-4.
Sasnovich has got the better of Mertens 3 times, which will give her confidence, despite being the lower-ranked player and underdog.
Mertens v Sasnovich Prediction and Tip
It is likely that this will be a close encounter, however, Mertens is the favourite to book her place in the 2nd round.