10/02/2018 – Elise Mertens is 20th in the world ranking.
On Saturday, the main draw was made at the 2 897 250 USD Qatar Total Open: Timi’s opponent will be Elise Mertens.
The Belgian player (born: 17 November, 1995) is 20th in the world ranking, the best of her career. Mertens has won 2 WTA Tour and 11 ITF tournaments. Last season and this year she remained unbeaten in Hobart (Australia, 250 000 USD, hard court). She was recently semifinalist at the Australian Open.
The two players have met twice so far: in 2015 in Taipei Timi won 6:2, 6:2, while in 2017 in Eastbourne Mertens triumphed 6:1, 6:1.
The Hungarian player did not enter the field this week, while Mertens played in the Fed Cup against France. On Saturday she won 6:2, 6:1 against Pauline Parmentier.