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By Chineze Ogugua

Elise Mertens became the first Belgian to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in four years since Kirsten Flipkens after she thrashed Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-0 under 73 minutes.

Elise Mertens

It is the first time the 22-year-old has beaten a top-five player and the first time she was advancing from a quarter-final of a grand slam event.

Mertens who is on a 10-match winning streak, will face Danish second seed, Caroline Wozniacki or Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in the last four.

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