ELISE MERTENS

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

11/17/1995

Residence:

Hamont-Achel, Belgium

Height:

5'10'' / 179 cm

Weight:

148 lbs / 67 kg

Turned Pro:

2013

Last Update:

December 2020

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

1227

Shots' Ranking 2020

Return

99

Forehand

48

Backhand

24

Volley

44

Elise Mertens' Strengths

Serve

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 20% more Aces/Service Winners than her Rivals on Average
    * First Serve Won Points (68%)
    * None
    * Second Serve Won Points (48%)

Return

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Same Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors & Unforced Errors as her Rivals on Average
    * Same Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors & Unforced Errors as her Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (34%)

Forehand

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 10% fewer Unforced Errors with the Forehand than her Rivals on Average
    * 20% fewer Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand than her Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand Down the Line
    * Low Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Forehand Cross, Inside Out & Inside In
    * Low Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Forehand Cross
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium Rallies (5-8 shots)
    * Wins 56% of the Rallies after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)
    * Wins 60% of the Rallies after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Forehand Touch on a short ball
    * Forehand Attacks on a short ball

Backhand

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Unforced Errors with the Backhand than her Rivals on Average
    * 15% fewer Winners/Forcing Errors with the Backhand than her Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Backhand Down the Line
    * Low Ratio of Winners/Forcing Errors with the Backhand Cross
    * Low Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Backhand Cross
    * High Ratio of Unforced Errors with the Backhand Down the Line
    * Win 53% of the Rallies after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Backhand Drop Shot (47% of the points won when played)
    * Wins 60% of the Rallies after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Backhand Effectiveness in the short & Medium Rallies (3-8 shots)
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * Percentage & Total Points Won in the Average (70%/11%)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach (76% of the points won; 6% of her total points won)
    * Volley Winners-Forcing Errors/Unforced Errors Ratio (82%)

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Winners/Forcing Errors with the Volley than her Rivals on Average
    * Percentage & Total Points Won in the Average (70%/11%)
    * Serve & Volley (not really played)
    * Chip and Charge (not really played)

Elise Mertens' Game Style

Server

Medium

Elise Mertens's Serve is in the average of the WTA players. She gets an edge with that shot against the weakest players but is dominated by the big Servers. If she gets a high first & second serve won points this is more thanks to the quality of her groundstrokes than the one of her Serve.

Puncher

Medium-low

Elise Mertens is more a Tempo Player than a Puncher. She makes on average 20% fewer winners/forcing errors with the forehand than her opponents. Usually, Punchers make the difference against their rivals with their forehand attacks and this is not her case.

Tempo Player

Medium-high

Elise Mertens is a dominant Retriever with the Tempo as a second category. It means that first of all, she wins her matches because she makes on average fewer unforced errors than her opponents with her forehand & backhand. But her court position close to the baseline and the way she hits her ball is like a Tempo Player.

Offensive Player

Medium

Elise Mertens knows when she has to use the forehand or the backhand approach to get an edge. Nonetheless, she cannot be regraded as an Offensive player because 11% of her points are won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this number is in the average of the WTA players and not above.

Retriever

High

Winning 52% of her points by the errors of her opponents, Elise Mertens can be regarded as a dominant Retriever. As said previously, she gets her bigger edge wearing her rivals down and she does so in a Tempo way.

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