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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Elise Mertens looks unlikely to be fazed by Wozniacki test

Belgian battler can make great Dane toil in last-four clash

Elise Mertens blew away Elina Svitolina in the last eight
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Women's semi-final
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Elise Mertens demolished sometime Australian Open favourite Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-0 on Tuesday and the Belgian can be fancied to provide Caroline Wozniacki with a stern semi-final test.

Wozniacki is a past master at taking lesser players apart, but Mertens is such a confirmed battler that it may be the Dane who has to hang on at some point in the match.

Clearly, a repeat of Mertens' quarter-final cakewalk would afford her a fine chance of reaching the final, but against Wozniacki nothing is guaranteed.

For that reason, the best advice to punters could be to back the outsider to win at least a set.

Wozniacki was kept waiting by Carla Suarez Navarro in their quarter-final, which the second seed won 6-0 6-7 6-2.

It looks as if Wozniacki won the final set comfortably but that wasn't the case and the Canary Islander had chances to draw level midway through.

Wozniacki is a more complete performer now she has the boon of a WTA Finals Singapore crown under her belt, but that triumph doesn't yet make her a good thing to go on to Grand Slam joy.

It may come, of course, but in many ways little has changed and Wozniacki can still be vulnerable against temper­a­ment­ally sound, talented younger rivals.

Mertens, victorious in Hobart the week before the Slam started, still has a long way to go before she can be considered the next Justine Henin or Kim Clijsters. But the world number 37 has shown enough against top players to suggest that she can trouble her last-four opponent.

Recommendation
E Mertens to win at least a set
1pt 4-5 Paddy Power


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