Elise Mertens qualified for the quarter-finals of Mutua Madrid Open 2021 after winning in three sets against Simona Halep, also recovering the first set of disadvantage and closing the match 4-6 7-5 7-5. Elise won after more than two and a half hours of fighting at the end of a splendid match: now the Belgian, in the quarter-finals, will meet Aryna Sabalenka.
Halep needed to be two times ahead of a break in the first set. Simona said: “I need to play a few more games. Sometimes I’m in too much of a hurry to win the point.”
In the quarter-finals, Mertens will face Aryna Sabalenka, who defeated Jessica Pegula in fifty-four minutes.
In the other two matches, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Jennifer Brady 7-5 6-7 (8) 6-3 after two hours and 46 minutes. Karolina Muchova beat Maria Sakkari 6-0 6(9)-7 7-5.