LUXEMBOURG - No.5 seed Elise Mertens had little trouble making her way into round two of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, sailing past Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-2.
Mertens, a native of neighboring Belgium, cited a bit of extra motivation as the key to wrapping up the victory in just 55 minutes.
“Normally I am a little bit stressed to be playing not too far from home, but actually my dad came today to watch me,” she explained after the match. “He only comes to one or two tournaments a year, so I felt a little extra motivation out there.
“It’s nice to be close to home; I can drive back and forth between my house and here, but I decided to stay here in Luxembourg.”
The No.5 seed dropped serve just once during the match and fired off five aces against Sorribes Tormo, who struck eight double faults across two sets.
“I really like Luxembourg, this is actually the first win for me in the main draw, so I’m really happy. And of course the support was there today,” Mertens said.
“I’m really happy to have come so far this season, and I’m just going to give it all this week.”
Third seed Anett Kontaveit also scored a 6-0, 6-2 victory today, easing past Jana Cepelova to secure her place in the second round.
The Slovakian had saved three match points to break Kontaveit, but could not defend her own serve in the following game.
Also in action, Madison Brengle knocked out Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-2, and Veronica Cepede Royg made her way into the second round after No.4 seed Sorana Cirstea was forced to retire citing a left thigh injury, trailing 7-5, 3-2.
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