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Roland-Garros: Mertens reaches third round of a Grand Slam for the 17th time in a row

Elise Mertens benefited from the forfeit of Marie Bouzkova and is through to the third round of Roland-Garros in 2022

Elise Mertens Elise Mertens at Roland-Garros in 2021 ©

Belgian Elise Mertens, the No 31 seed, became the first player to reach the third round of Roland-Garros after Czech Marie Bouzkova withdrew before their match on Wednesday in Paris.

Bouzkova was forced to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

Mertens will play either Australian Ajla Tomljanovic or Russian Varvara Gracheva in the third round.

The Belgian had been on the sidelines since April and came back from an injury break last week in Strasbourg, where she reached the quarter-finals. The Belgian had defeated Elena-Gabriela Ruse (6-3, 6-1).

This is the 17th consecutive time that Mertens has reached the third round at a Grand Slam, dating back to the Australian Open in 2018.

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