Elise Mertens put a big smile on her face after her quarterfinals of the doubles at the prestigious WTA tournament in Indian Wells, American. This was of course due to her victory against the Canadian-American duo Fernandez-Gauff (7-5 and 6-4), but also to a remarkable action by her Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-Wei. He donned a dragon mask after the game. “I’m glad I made it to the semi-finals alongside a dragon,” said our compatriot.
Hsieh Su-Wei made the American public and our compatriot Elise Mertens laugh when she donned a dragon mask for the obligatory post-game interview. “I got it from the physio room,” she explained. “They work really hard there and someone had it for her birthday and asked if I would set it up. I promised to do it.”
Elise Mertens liked the joke. “I’m glad I made it to the semi-finals on the side of a dragon,” she said. “This makes it fun.”
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In the semifinals, Mertens and Su-Wei will meet the Japanese tandem Shuko Aoyama/Ena Shibahara. They took on the Japanese-American duo Makoto Ninomiya/Sabrina Santamaria in their quarterfinals 6-1 and 7-6 (7/2).
Tennis players Svitolina and Swiatek eliminated at Indian Wells
Tennis players Elina Svitolina and Iga Swiatek were eliminated on Tuesday in the fourth round of Indian Wells (hard/8,150,470 dollars). The Ukrainian Svitolina and Swiatek from Poland are seventh and fourth respectively in the world ranking.
Svitolina was beaten 6-1 by American Jessica Pegula twice, Swiatek lost 6-4 and 6-3 to Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia. The duel between Swiatek and Ostapenko meant a duel between two former Roland Garros champions.
After the elimination of Karolina Pliskova, who lost in the third round to Beatriz Haddad Maia from Brazil, Swiatek was the highest placed player in the women’s tournament. Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka, the number 1 and 2 in the world, are not among them in California.