Mertens canceled last night for the double. Together with the Russian Veronika Koedermetova she formed the first seed, Mertens herself is the number 2 in the world in doubles.
“It is a pity that I have to pass for the double,” our compatriot said on her social media.
“The past 1.5 week I have been suffering from my right thigh. I did my best in singles, but I played with pain. It was not allowed.” The number 33 in the world immediately went out on Tuesday against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (WTA-42) in three sets. For the first time since 2018, she did not make at least the third round in a grand slam tournament.
“My US Open was very short this time. Still, I’m glad I tried. I have mixed feelings because you all know how much I love playing in the biggest tennis tournaments.”
“Now is the time to recover, look back and stay positive about what’s to come.”
Mertens and Koedermetova qualified for the second round on Thursday by beating Russian Anna Kalinskaja and Croatian Donna Vekic 6-1, 6-2. Mertens played that match with a bandage around her right thigh. Because of that pain, she had already canceled the Cleveland tournament last week as a precaution.