The ninth racket of the world, the Dutch Kiki Berten, in three sets, defeated the Belgian Eliza Mertens, who occupies the 12th line of the WTA rating, with a score of 6/2, 6/7 (6), 6/4 at the start of the tournament in Brisbane. Tennis players spent on the court 2 hours 29 minutes. During this time, the 27-year-old Bertens completed seven aces, made a mistake seven times when serving and sold six break points, and the 23-year-old Mertens filed three times, made two double mistakes and made three breaks. Earlier in personal meetings was 2-0 in favor of the Belgian. In the second round of the Brisbane International competition, Bertens will face the Croat Donna Vekic.