Venus Williams on our compatriot in Roland-Garros: "Mertens who?"

Venus Williams (WTA 11) will be the next opponent of Elise Mertens (WTA 60), Friday at Roland Garros. The American, finalist of the tournament in 2002 against his sister Serena, is still there soon to 37 years. On Wednesday, she qualified for the third round with the Japanese Kurumi Nara (WTA 90) 6-3, 6-1 in 1h20.





"It's always nice when you can control the match," said the American. "The first set was still a little tricky, she played well, she pulled out incredible blows of defense, I had to adapt to her game, but I made fewer mistakes than in my first round. Is positive and I want to continue in this way, "added Venus Williams, who was able to count on the support of her sister, pregnant with her first child, in the stands.

"She said 'good job' and I'm sure she must be happy to feel the excitement of a Grand Slam without the pressure to play."

Venus Williams is present for the 20th time at Roland Garros, where she lost last year in the round of 16 against the Swiss Timea Bacsinszky (WTA 31). And she obviously hopes to go as far as possible, when she will meet Elise Jav Teacher Mertens for the first time.

"Mertens who?" She asked after her victory. "I do not think I've ever played it yet, it will be interesting to see how the ball comes in. You know, I just want to win so no matter what the opponent is. It must be, to be greedy ".



Elise Mertens in the third round: "Against Venus, it will be a match like any other"

She screamed her joy almost as if she had won the tournament. For his first Roland Garros, Elise Mertens (WTA 60), 21, managed to rise to the third round on Wednesday. On court N.6, Belgium's No. 1 beat Dutchman Richel Hoogenkamp (WTA 105), 25, from qualifying, 6-3 and 6-4 after 1h30 of play.

"I was not in a big day, but I won. That's what matters," she said after her victory. "I was a little nervous, which is logical, I suppose, but I tried to be aggressive, but it did not work today, it does not give speed to the ball, I played better in the first set than in the second (she was led 3-0, double break, ed), but I did my best, I am obviously very happy. I'm in the third round, it's fantastic.

As a reward, Elise Mertens will be able to challenge on Friday, probably on the court Philippe Chatrier or the court Suzanne Lenglen, Venus Williams (WTA 11), 36 years. The American, former No. 1 world champion, winner of seven Grand Slam finals and finalist at Roland Garros in 2002, beat the Japanese Kurumi Nara (WTA 90) 6-3, 6-1 in 1:20. A great moment in perspective.

"Venus is a player with a lot of experience. I met her last year at Wimbledon (she had played against the Williams sisters with An-Sophie Mestach, ed), but it's quite different I've also seen her final against Serena at the Australian Open, she's still playing well, and in Wimbledon I've seen her strike very hard, she's doing remarkably well, and she knows I will try to play as usual, it will be a match like any other I will try to be aggressive and reach my best level.



David Goffin, winner of Stakhovsky: "For now, all is well"

"I'm where I want to jav meguri be. For now, all is well." David Goffin (ATP 12) is satisfied with his tournament debut at Roland Garros, where he qualified without too much difficulty for the third round on Wednesday, following a 6-2, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3 on court n ° 2 against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky (ATP 123), from qualifying.

"I've played two good matches and I'm back in the third round here in Roland-Garros, it's a good start, I lost a set, but there was a good reaction. I was very good, physically and mentally, I got breaker once in the game by missing an easy volley and a smash after easy bounce. , I was pretty solid in my service games, even at the end to finish, almost 2 aces, that's positive. "

Friday, for a place in the round of 16, David Goffin will be opposed to the Argentine Horacio Zeballos (ATP 65). The 32-year-old South-American was first in the third round in Paris after beating Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic (ATP 24) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) and 6- 3.

"Zeballos is a left-footed left-footed man," continued the Belgian No. 1, who has already beaten him four times in his career. "I think he's confident.

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