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Philippe Dehaes will coach Elise Mertens at least until the end of the season

Elise Mertens (WTA 44) has decided to extend its lease with Philippe Dehaes. The Limburger, 26, who successfully passed the first round of the WTA 500 tournament on hard court in Tokyo on Monday following a 6-0, 6-3 victory against the Chinese Wang Qiang (WTA 92), will continue to be coached by Brabançon at least until the end of the season.

I’m not with her this week, but we call each other every day by Zoom or Whatsapp“, he told Belga. “Elise is accompanied in Japan by her sparring partner Alexander Kneepkens. On the other hand, I will do the last three tournaments of the year with her. After Tokyo, Elise will still play in Monastir, San Diego and Guadalajara.

Former coach of Kristof Fly, Xavier Malisse, Maryna Zanevskaet Daria Kasatkina among others, Philippe Dehaes had come to lend a hand to Elise Mertens at the WTA 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, mid-August, after the native of Louvain had separated from her coach, Simon Goffin. The two had agreed to a trial period until the day after the US Open.

Qualified for the second round in Tokyo, Elise Mertens will meet the American Claire Liu (WTA 84), 22, who dismissed her compatriot Alison Riske-Amritraj (WTA 26), seeded N.7, 6-2, 6-3.