Last year, she came to Mallorca to the final, where to win second title in his career prevented Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia. This year Sevastova here sown under the second number (the first from the Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenko) and begin the journey to defend 180 points from the Latika was in the match against Mertens (WTA, 57).
Before tennis players never met, and the match began with an exchange of breaks. In the fifth and sixth games, the situation repeated itself and the scoreboard continued to hold the balance. In the 9th Sevastova again for a short period of benefits and then pays the filing— 5:5.
In the end it came down to a tie-break, where the more successful was the Latvian tennis player— 7:6 (7-2).
The beginning of the second party remained behind Mertens. The Belgian made two consecutive break and left forward (3:0). Response Sevastopol did not wait long and soon she was leading with 4:3. The decisive factor was the 11th game in which the Belgian managed to take the filing Anastasia, Seth (7:5) to level the score.
In the decisive third party was expected continuation of a tense fight, but it was only in the beginning. Tennis players took their feed, and then on the court dominated exclusively a native of Liepaja: it took five games in a row, effectively under "zero" after the match by winning the last points of the match— 6:1.
On the court tennis players spent 2 hours, during which Sevastova made one ACE, made 6 double faults and implemented 7 of the 13 break points. The Mertens three kick through, 5 double and 6 breaks from a possible 12.
Win Anastasia Sevastova has earned 30 ranking points and 3 thousand dollars. In 1/8 final she will meet either American Varvara Lepchenko, or with the winner of qualification.
Mallorca Open In 2017. 1st round:
Elise Mertens (Belgium) — Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) 6:7 (2-7). 7:5, 1:6
51 of 97 = 53% Penetration of first filing 58 of 93 = 62%
27 of 51 = 53% Win first filing 40 of 58 = 69%
21 of 46 = 46% Win second filing 14 of 35 = 40%
3 Aces 1
4 Double faults 6
39 of 93 = 42% Points won on the reception of the 97 49 = 51%
6 of 12 = 50% Implementation of break-points 7 of 13 = 54%
87 total points 103
Duration — 2 hours 1 minute.
June 19. Mallorca. "Santa Ponsa". Centre court (grass).