Elise Mertens has Saturday night one of the biggest victories of her career posted. The Limburg tennis player has won together with its belarusian partner in doubles, Aryna Sabalenka the dubbelspelfinale Indian Wells, also known as the fifth grand slam tournament called. In the final made Mertens and Sabalenka mincemeat of the Czech duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, the first seed in Indian Wells. It was 6-3 and 6-2 after 1 hour and 2 minutes.
Siniakova and Krejcikova are the numbers one and two of the world in the doubles and were on the hard courts in California, the first seed. Mertens and Sabalenka are in the 11th and 65th on the WTA-dubbelranking. In singles, they are sixteenth and ninth in the world ranking.
For the 23-year-old Mertens, it is already her eighth double title in the WTA circuit after Auckland (with An-Sophie Mestach) and Limoges (with Mandy Minella ) in 2016, Guangzhou in 2017 (with Demi Schuurs), Hobart, Rosmalen and Wuhan with Demi Schuurs and Lugano with Kirsten Flipkens last year.
It was only the second time that Mertens easily with Sabalenka. As a non-seed they beat last week seed five, two and one on the way to the title. On the WTA-dubbelranking rises Mertens to tenth place, their highest position to date. Sabalenka makes a leap of 31 places to the 34th spot. .
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