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August 29, 2018

Elise Mertens

New York, NY, USA


6-2, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. I would say getting it done in short order today was a good idea, especially with the heat and humidity. How happy are you with the way this round went?
ELISE MERTENS: I'm happier than my first round. I played more aggressive, felt like I had to because she's a good player. If she can make you run, making each corner, then it's going to be tough.

Also especially with the heat, I wanted to make the match a little shorter. I felt in the second set I was getting a little bit in her head and just pushing a little more.

Q. You had good hard courts results coming in. Just talk about the level of confidence coming into this US Open. Maybe a chance to make a deep run here?
ELISE MERTENS: Yeah, I hope so. I mean, I played a lot of matches. I won a lot of matches.

Yeah, I have confidence, and, you know, I know where I stand. I know my game. So I hope to improve every match. I'm happy about my level today, and I hope I can keep it up.

Q. How much does the results in Australia kind of give you a sense of confidence that you can play with the best players and go deep into Grand Slam tournaments?
ELISE MERTENS: Yeah, I think that was one of the keys, making it to the semis, that I can really, you know, play as good as the other ones, compete on the same level. I think that was really the key for me, to really believe in myself. Yeah, I had some good results so far. You know, keep working.

Q. Your next opponent isn't going to be a walkover. Talk about the matchup there. Your next opponent.
ELISE MERTENS: Well, I didn't really play her, so I don't really know.

Yeah, she's also a great competitor. A lot of experience. But it's going to be another match and I have to focus on myself.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about your opponent? I believe you played her earlier this year on clay?
ELISE MERTENS: Yeah? Oh, this one, yeah, yeah. I thought the next one (smiling).

Q. No, I'm sorry.
ELISE MERTENS: Yeah, I played her on clay in Lugano. It was a tough three-setter. I think I was dominating in the second set especially. I felt like I was getting in her head a little bit. Maybe the heat was there. Maybe she didn't feel the ball pretty well.

Yeah, I think I pushed a little more. I think I was ready to keep fighting.

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