French Open 2021: Elise Mertens vs Storm Sanders Preview, Head to Head and Prediction for Roland Garros

Fourteenth seed Elise Mertens will face Qualifier Storm Sanders in the First Round of the French Open 2021.

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Elise Mertens and Storm Sanders
Elise Mertens and Storm Sanders

Elise Mertens will take on Storm Sanders in the First-round of the French Open 2021. Mertens is currently the World No.15 on the WTA rankings and Sanders is the World No.161.

Match Details:

TournamentFrench Open 2021
MatchElise Mertens vs Storm Sanders
RoundFirst Round
Date31th May, 2021
Prize Money$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)
VenueParis, France
SurfaceClay Court

Elise Mertens vs Storm Sanders: Preview

Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens

The twenty five year old Belgium, Elise Mertens, is an excellent Doubles player, but in the last 2-3 seasons, her Singles game has come along nicely as well. She has six WTA Titles so far. Mertens started the season by winning the Gippsland Trophy. On the clay courts this season, she reached the Finals of the Istanbul Cup, and then the Quarter-finals of the Madrid Open as well. At Madrid she beat Simona Halep in the round of sixteen.

In the Quarters though she withdrew with an injury while trailing Aryna Sabalenka. In the Italian Open she lost to Veronika Kudermetova in the very first round. Her first round opponent here is Australian Storm Sanders.

Sanders is predominantly a doubles player, but at twenty-six time is running out for her in the Singles game. This year, storm has participated in a mix of both WTA and ITF events. On clay, she qualified for the Charleston Open, and was beaten by Petra Kvitova in the round of Thirty-two. She played and won three rounds of qualifiers to qualify for the main draw. In the final round of Qualification she beat Susan Bandecchi

Elise Mertens vs Storm Sanders: Head to Head

Storm Sanders
Storm Sanders

These two players haven’t met on the tour before so the head to head stands at 0-0. 

Elise Mertens vs Storm Sanders: Prediction

Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens

Mertens is a powerful player who has the game to succeed on clay. Her biggest worry will be the injuries that keep coming back. Her shoulder injury for instance has the chance of becoming chronic. Sanders will relish this opportunity of playing at such a huge set. Mertens should win this easily. 

Prediction: Elise Mertens will beat Storm Sanders in straight sets. 

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