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Mertens stuns Svitolina, in Aussie semis

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) When Elise Mertens was growing up in the medieval city of Leuven, Belgium, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin were taking Belgian tennis to new heights. She remembers, back to when she was five, seeing Clijsters play for the first time - the year Clijsters made her first French Open final.

"I mean, what they achieved was amazing, and of course I looked up to them," Mertens said.

Now, she's is following in their sizable footsteps. The 22-year-old Mertens upset No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open, the first Belgian woman to do so since Clijsters' last appearance at the tournament in 2012.

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