24/06/2017 – Elise Mertens is 57th in the world rankings.
On Saturday early afternoon, the WTA and ATP draw was made in Eastbourne: Timi’s opponent will be Elise Mertens in singles. At the draw the WTA Tour players was represented by the 24-year old Hungarian athlete.
Timi is ranked 38th in the world ranking, and 70th at the WTA Race.
Mertens (born: 17 November, 1995) is 57th in the world rankings and 34th at the WTA Race. Her career best position was 51 (12 June 2017). Up to now she has won 1 WTA and 10 ITF races.
Mertens started the year very well, she won the WTA Tour event in Hobart (Australia, 250 000 USD, hard court), beganning at the qualies. Later, she was quarter-finalist in Biel (Switzerland, 250 000 USD, indoor) and reached the final in Istanbul (Turkey, 250 000 USD, clay). Recently, she won two matches at the Roland Garros.
The two players have met once: at the Taipei tournament in 2015, Timi won 6:2, 6:2 against Mertens.
Men's and women's draws for the Eastbourne Aegon International complete with the help of Nicolas Mahut and Timea Babos. pic.twitter.com/20FkcdNlNl
— Ryan Newman (@ryannewmaaan) June 24, 2017
Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková’s opponent in the first round of the doubles tournament will be Hao-ching Chan and Monica Niculescu. The Hungarian-Czech pair was seeded 3rd in Eastbourne: Timi is ranked 11th, while Hlaváčková is 8th in the world rankings.
Hao-ching Chan (born: 19 September, 1993) is ranked 23rd, her career best position was 5 (27 June, 2016). The Taiwanese players have already won 12 WTA and 8 ITFs in doubles, was quarter-finalist at the Australian Open (2016), Roland Garros (2016) and US Open (2015). This year she was a tournament winner in Taiwan (250 000 USD, hard court, Co: Yung-jan Chan) and reached the final in Strasbourg (France, 250 000 USD, clay, Co: Yung-jan Chan).
Niculescu (born: 25 September, 1987), is ranked 23rd in the world rankings, with a career best position of 15 (29 August, 2015). So far she has won 8 WTA and 22 ITF races, with a quarter-final at the Australian Open (2012) and at Roland Garros (2010). This year she was a tournament winner in Biel (Switzerland, 250 000 USD, indoor, Co: Su-wei Hsieh).