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Mertens remains on course for doubles World No.1 in Paris

Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka crushed Jelena Ostapenko and Lyudmyla Kichenok in straight sets to keep their mission for a first Grand Slam title alive in Paris.

No.6 seeds Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka adjusted the elimination round field at the French Open on Thursday with a 7-5, 6-2 prevail upon Jelena Ostapenko and Lyudmyla Kichenok in the last eight.

The seeded team trailed 5-3 in the opening set against the previous French Open singles champion and Ukrainian doubles authority, in a set which started with seven straight breaks of serve.

Be that as it may, Mertens and Sabalenka aroused to win the last four amusements, breaking at affection in the tenth game to reestablish equality, and later won the last four rounds of the second set to move securely through to the last four.

There is history on hold for the Belgian in Paris: should she and Sabalenka lift their first Grand Slam title, she will end up being the new World No.1 in duplicates.

They should get past No.2 seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos to arrive, with some other outcome ensuring that Mladenovic will ascend to World No.1.

In transit to winning the Sunshine Double in the spring, Mertens and Sabalenka beat the previous Australian Open bosses in their first match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in a match tiebreak, 6-1, 6-7(4), 10-8.

The other elimination round will pit No.15 seeds Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson against the unexpected blending of Duan Ying-ying and Zheng Saisai, who beat No.4 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan on Wednesday, sparing a match point, and furthermore resentful No.9 seeds Demi Schuurs and Anna-Lena Groenefeld prior this fortnight.