Elise Mertens – aka Elise miller – is a Belgian professional tennis player who was born on the 7th of July, 1995. She began playing at the age of 4 and as such fully intended to become a professional tennis player. Her father introduced her to the sport and ever since she’s been practicing hard each day just to become a better player than before.
She has been pretty successful so far and became the first Belgian tennis player since 2005 to win a WTA title which she won in Hobart this year. At just 22 years of age, Elise Mertens is already known for her victory over Serena Williams and Angie Kerber at the 2018 Australian Open.
Elise Mertens followed up her debut Australian Open with a run to the quarter-finals of the French Open during which she also beat the former champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her results this year have helped her get through the qualifiers and become a member of the WTA top 30. She’s been doing great at Wimbledon so far and is currently ranked 18th.
When did Elise Mertens start tennis?
Elise Mertens first started playing tennis when she was only four years old. She practiced at her local club, near where she lived back in Belgium. Her parents eventually decided to enroll their daughter into a professional tennis academy where the young Elise Mertens was taught everything there is to know about both her forehand and backhand shots as well as footwork and volleys.
However, at the age of 16, she decided to withdraw from the academy in order to focus on her school work. She continued playing tennis but didn’t take it all that seriously until she left high school whereupon she enrolled again into a professional academy which went perfectly for her.
What are Elise Mertens’s achievements?
Elise Mertens may not be ranked all that high up in the WTA list but she already has quite a few achievements under her belt. Her debut on the WTA tour was back in 2015 when she played in Hobart and even though she lost, she still managed to get through the qualies and qualify for her very first WTA event.
In 2015, Elise Mertens won her first-ever WTA doubles title when she and An-Sophie Mestach beat Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the final of the Hobart International.
She then went on to win another two titles in 2017 which were both doubles events (Brisbane International and the Abierto GNP Seguros).
However, her biggest achievement so far is definitely her victory over Serena Williams this year at the Australian Open. Up until that point she had never won a Grand Slam single’s match but after beating Serena, Elise Mertens went on to beat Angelique Kerber and Madison Keys which pushed her into the top 40 WTA rankings for the first time in her career.
What is Elise Mertens’ future plan?
Elise Mertens has big plans for the future. She wants to keep playing even though she knows that in tennis, anything is possible. For example, players can go from being near-top in their countries to being nowhere near it in a matter of months and vice versa. Elise Mertens loves playing and winning but it’s not her only goal. She wants to enjoy herself.
Saying that Elise Mertens definitely has her eyes on the prize and she’s not going to stop at anything in order to get what she wants most – winning a Grand Slam match!