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:

July 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

731

Shots' Ranking 2020

Return

99

Forehand

48

Backhand

24

Volley

44

Elise Mertens' Strengths

Serve

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners as her Rivals on Average
    * Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners as her Rivals on Average
    * First Serve Won Points (68%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (50%)

Return

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 20% fewer Errors with the Return than her Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (31%)
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (60%)

Forehand

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 30% fewer Errors with the Forehand than her Rivals on Average
    * 30% fewer Points with the Forehand than her Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Down the Line
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross, Inside Out & Inside In
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross
    * First Forehand after the Serve (lack of points)
    * Wins 60% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)
    * Wins 55% of the Points after playing two Forehands Cross in a row
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Long Rallies (over 8 shots)
    * Forehand Attacks on a short ball

Backhand

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Errors with the Backhand than her Rivals on Average
    * 30% fewer Points with the Backhand than her Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Down the Line
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Down the Line
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Cross
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross
    * Win 53% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Wins 64% of the Points after playing two Backhands Cross in a row
    * Backhand Effectiveness in the Medium Rallies (between 5 & 8 shots)
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * Same Ratio Points/Errors with the Volley as her Rivals on Average
    * Most of the Categories in the Average
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio

Weaknesses:

    * Same Ratio Points/Errors with the Volley as her Rivals on Average
    * Most of the Categories in the Average
    * 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 and is dominated by the big Servers.

Puncher

Medium-low

Elise Mertens gets points with the forehand but this is more by playing this shot with pace close to the baseline (Tempo) than with topspin (Punch). However, on the dead balls, she can play with a bit of spin to attack her rivals but this is not her trademark at all.

Tempo Player

High

Elise Mertens is a Tempo player who stands close to the baseline and hits flat with the forehand & backhand. However, in comparison with the other Tempo players, she lacks power that she counterbalances by taking every ball on the rise.

Offensive Player

Medium

Elise Mertens knows when she has to follow her forehand ore backhand to the net to get an edge. Nonetheless, she can't be regraded as an Offensive player because 10% of her points are won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this is in the average of the WTA players and not above.

Retriever

High

Winning 55% of her points by the errors of the rivals (above the average of the WTA players), Elise Mertens is not only a Tempo player but also a Retriever. Her game style is between these two categories and she is capable of generating or absorbing the pace.

1st Premier WTA Title in Doha

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