Elise Mertens is on prime of the world right this moment.
The 25-year-old Belgian s has turn into the brand new WTA Doubles World No.1 as of right this moment, Could tenth, 2021 for the primary time in her profession.
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Mertens is the forty fifth girl within the historical past of the WTA to attain the elite rating spot, and the second from her residence nation after Kim Clijsters, who first reached the highest spot on August 4th, 2003 and held the No.1 doubles rating for a complete of 4 weeks. Clijsters is considered one of a handful of gamers to carry the world No. 1 rating in singles and doubles.
“I’m very completely happy to turn into World No.1 in doubles. It’s undoubtedly a dream come true,” mentioned Mertens. “I might not have made it with out the entire unbelievable companions I’ve performed with, and naturally my crew, so I need to thank them for serving to me get right here. It is a second I’ll cherish without end.”
Mertens earns the WTA World No.1 doubles rating after capturing two doubles titles this season, together with the Australian Open with Aryna Sabalenka – their second profession Grand Slam doubles trophy as a crew – and most lately on the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Championship, partnering with Veronika Kudermetova.
Istanbul marked the Belgian’s twelfth profession WTA doubles title, together with her different notable trophies captured at 2019 BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells), Miami Open introduced by Itaú and the US Open (all with Sabalenka). That very same yr, the pair certified for the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen for the primary time.
At present ranked No. 14 in singles, Mertens overtakes the highest doubles rating from Hsieh Su-Wei, whom she partnered with ultimately week’s Mutua Madrid Open. Hsieh first achieved the No.1 doubles rating on Could 12, 2014, with additional stints throughout 2020 and once more earlier this season, bringing her profession complete to 44 weeks.
“By her laborious work and dedication, Elise has earned her place among the many elite with the coveted WTA World No.1 doubles rating,” mentioned Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO. “Congratulations to Elise on attaining this unbelievable milestone and we sit up for witnessing extra successes all through her profession.”
Mertens has additionally loved success on the singles courtroom, capturing a complete of six WTA singles titles together with one in 2021 on the Gippsland Trophy and a further ultimate at TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Championship. She received the most important singles title of her profession in 2019 on the Qatar Whole Open (Doha), the place she outlasted Simona Halep within the championship match and in 2020, she was the match wins chief, posting a 34-13 file general.
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