No.25 seed Elise Mertens went into her first US Open quarterfinal without dropping a set after taking down American wildcard Kristie Ahn, 6-1, 6-1 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
“I'm just trying to focus every time I step on court, just trying to look at point per point,” Mertens said in her post-match press conference. “I was trying to play aggressive, trying to improve myself. That's probably the main key. Just try to focus throughout the whole match.”
Coming into the match, the Doha champion had to navigate past the Prague and Palermo champion Jil Teichmann in the first round, the big-serving Kristyna Pliskova and resurgent Andrea Petkovic en route to the fourth round - equalling her best previous result in Flushing Meadows.
Mertens' run came to a halt however, when in the semifinals, no.15 seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada pulled off a stirring comeback victory, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
4 September 2019