Fourth seed Elise Mertens will go up against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the second round of the Adelaide International event.
- Fixture: Elise Mertens vs Anastasija Sevastova
- Date: 24th February 2021
- Tournament: Adelaide International 2021
- Round: 2nd Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $8,200
Elise Mertens vs Anastasija Sevastova: Preview
World no.17, Elise Mertens is fresh off a victorious Grand Slam campaign, having won the women’s doubles title at the Australian Open with partner Aryna Sabalenka last week.
Now, she will want to taste the silverware in singles too. She received a bye in the first round, and in the 2nd round she faces the inconsistent but dangerous Anastasija Sevastova. Mertens reached the fourth round in singles at Australian Open, losing to Karolina Muchova, but looked in fine touch.
Her opponent, Anastasija Sevastova is currently ranked 56th in the world. But the Latvian has had a terrible 2021 season. She has just won 2 matches in 4 tournaments. In the first round, she defeated Frenchwomen Caroline Garcia 6-2,6-4 in straight sets.
Elise Mertens vs Anastasija Sevastova: Head-to-Head
This will be their third meeting. Although Anatasija Sevastova is in dismal form, her record against Elise Mertens is encouraging; the Latvian leads their head-to-head 2-0.
Elise Mertens vs Anastasija Sevastova: Prediction
This is a no-brainer that Elise Mertens is in sublime touch lately. She is one of the most consistent players on tour, and she hardly ever falls in the opening round of a tournament.
Both the players have very different gamestyles. Mertens is solid from the baseline, hitting powerful groundstrokes off both wings while Sevastova likes to play an unpredictable game, mixing up powerful groundstrokes with softer touches.
But with her unpredictability comes a handful of unforced errors. And given Mertens’ form, she would be able to cruise into the quarters easily.
Prediction: Mertens to win in straight sets.