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Also Mertens loses her enkelmatch in Fed Cup match against France, Cornet brings her country 0-2 for
Tennis-Elise Mertens (WTA 21) has her singles lost on the first day of the Fed Cup match between Belgium and France. Mertens had surprisingly her several recognise in Alizé Cornet (WTA 51). The Frenchwoman won in two sets 6-7 and 2-6, of which France leads with 0-2.

After the defeat of Alison Van Uytvanck against Carolina Garcia of earlier today, there was still some pressure on the kettle for Elise Mertens. But that did the Limburg was not. Mertens immediately walked 2-0, but Cornet gave is not going to be won. The number 51 on the WTA-ranking stronger in the party and came right back to 2-2. Afterwards both players, each full to the bak to their opslagspelletjes to maintain.

In the ninth game of the first set, was Mertens even six chances to Cornets service, but the Frenchwoman was still 4-5. Cornet escaped, but at 5-5 she had yet to price. Mertens could now be a break force, and if it finish on its own service. That didn't work. Cornet climbed to 6-6, and the decision had to fall in the tiebreak. Therein showed Cornet is the koelbloedigst.

In the second set, was Mertens 1-0, and they also got chances, 2-0, but Cornet was able to again escape. And that made for a vertrouwensboost at the Française. They went through the storage of Mertens and confirmed that break even: 1-3. The situation looked increasingly penibeler from the Limburg, and when Cornet ended up 2-5 fell the courage of the Belgians all the way in the shoes. Cornet, if the match serving, and that they also did: 2-6.

Tomorrow (from 13h30) there are two enkelpartijen on the program, followed by a possibly decisive doubles. The Belgian selection is, besides Van Uytvanck and Mertens, also from Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 53) and Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 134). France is counting, except on Garcia and Cornet, also on Pauline Parmentier (WTA 55), Kristina Mladenovic (WTA 64) and Fiona Ferro (WTA 103).

The winner of the duel between France and Belgium take it during the weekend of 20 and 21 april against the winner of the encounter between Romania and the Czech republic, which is this coming weekend in Ostrava is played. The other two quarter-finals are White-Russia versus Germany and United States - Australia.

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