Elise Mertens has qualified alongside Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei for the doubles final at the prestigious WTA tournament in Indian Wells (USA/hardcourt/8,150,470 dollars).
The duo, second seed in California, was much too strong for the Japanese tandem Shuko Aoyama/Ena Shibahara, the third seed, 6-2 and 6-0. The match lasted only 54 minutes.
In the final, Mertens and Hsieh will play against the Ukrainian Lyudmila Kitchenok and the Latvian Yelena Ostapenko or the Russian Veronika Koedermetova and the Kazakh Jelena Rybakina.
Mertens (25) and the 10-year-older Hsieh have only been a couple since this season and immediately won Wimbledon in July. Mertens is aiming for a fifteenth double title, the fourth this year after the Australian Open (with Aryna Sabalenka), Istanbul (with Koedermetova) and Wimbledon.
In the singles tournament, Elise Mertens (WTA-18) had to pack after one match after losing to Italian qualifier Jasmine Paolini (WTA-63).