The 2018 Australian Open semifinalist says it is her aim to improve a little each day and to enjoy making a living from her passion.
WTA Staff
April 11, 2019

WTA World No.17 Elise Mertens says that it is her aim to improve a little each day.

The 23-year-old Belgian, who is also ranked World No.6 in doubles, has five WTA Tour singles titles to her name and reached the semifinals of the 2018 Australian Open.

This year, she has already won the Qatar Open, where she defeated Simona Halep in the final.

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A quiet, home-loving character, she has spoken of the importance of having a strong work ethic to lift her to her potential.

“I’ve got a lot of discipline, I do what I love every day so it’s never like: ‘Ah, I have to go to practice.’ I guess that’s my personality too,” she said.

“Tennis is a sport that you can improve yourself every day.”

Despite this strength, she believes there are aspects of her psychology where there is room for improvement, both on and off the court.

“Mentally, I’ve made some steps, playing more aggressively,” she added.

“Off court, I think I’m a bit of a perfectionist but that’s not always good because maybe sometimes I need to take some rest or slow it down a little bit, but I’m still like: ‘Yes, but I still have to work on this!’”

Training at the academy of Belgium tennis legend Kim Clijsters, she gets a wide range of input on a daily basis, from the four-time Grand Slam champion to boyfriend Robbe Ceyssens, who makes up part of her coaching team, and her family unit, but this is something she appreciates.

“Everyone has their own advice, but it’s good to have different opinions,” she said.

“Tennis is a very individual sport, so it’s nice to come home and feel that group around you.”

In the weeks ahead, Mertens can look forward to the challenge of reaching the second week of the French Open for the second time, having fallen in the fourth round last year, while Wimbledon is also on the horizon, where she reached the third round in both the singles and doubles in 2018.