The Belgian n ° 1 had however lost the first set.
Belgium leads victory over Kazakhstan after Elise Mertens (WTA 19) defeated Zarina Diyas (WTA 63) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 in 1 hour and 43 minutes in the first match of this qualifying duel for the final phase of the Fed Cup, Friday on hard surface at the Lange Munt in Kortrijk.
Inexistent in the 1st set, lost 6-1 in 32 minutes, the Belgian number one found his tennis to pocket the 2nd round 6-2 and conclude 6-1 in the last set, placing Belgium at the controls.
The second match of the day will pit Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 115) against Yulia Putintseva (WTA 34). On Saturday, from 1:30 p.m., the last two singles and the double will take place.
Belgium and Kazakhstan compete on Friday and Saturday to win a place in the final phase of the new Fed Cup, which will bring together 12 nations and will be played in one week, from April 14 to 19 in Budapest, Hungary.