Typhoon Nanmadol has led to a closed roof at the Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO (AP) — Elise Mertens won the first three games before Typhoon Nanmadol forced a stoppage in the match, then won the next three as she recovered to win 6-0, 6-3 over Tian Wang on Monday at the Pan Pacific Open.

Wang pitched as the rain began, halting play for 45 minutes while the Ariake Coliseum roof was closed.

The 30-year-old Chinese player managed to make it 3-3 in the second set, but Mertens then won the last three games to advance to the second round.

Claire Liu beat Alison Riske-Amritrai 6-2, 6-3, while Xinyu Wang defeated Ellen Perez 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

Liu also took a 3-0 lead in her match, winning 88% of her first serves in the opening set. The two Americans traded breaks to start the second set, but Liu won three straight games to take a 5-1 lead.

Perez managed to take a 3-0 lead against Xinyu Wang, but lost the match despite winning the first set.


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