Kiki Bertens

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Kiki Bertens
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Country  Netherlands
Born (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 22)
Wateringen, Netherlands
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$616,654
Official website www.kikibertens.nl
Singles
Career record 192 - 115
Career titles 1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 41 (15 April 2013)
Current ranking No. 79 (14 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2013, 2014)
French Open 4R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2012)
US Open 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 64 - 33
Career titles 0 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 187 (11 June 2012)
Current ranking No. 202 (26 May 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2012)
US Open 2R (2013)
Last updated on: 19 April 2014.

Kiki Bertens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkiki ˈbɛrtəns]; born 10 December 1991) is a Dutch female tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking is 41, which she reached on 15 April 2013. Her career high in doubles is 187, achieved on 11 June 2012.[1]

Career[edit]

2012[edit]

Bertens started the year at the Australian Open, playing the qualifications. She played in the first round against top seed Vesna Dolonts. She won the first ten games before Dolonts retired. She faced Ukraine's Olga Savchuk in the second round and lost in a close three-set match.[2] The next week, in an ITF 25K event in Andrezieux-Boutheon, Kiki retired with a thigh injury in the first round against Corinna Dentoni.[3]

She played in the Fed Cup for the Dutch team, competing in Group 1 of Europe/Africa. She partnered with Demi Schuurs in the doubles match against the Portuguese team of Barbara Luz and Margarida Moura and won in two sets. Bertens won her singles rubber against Estonia's Eva Paalma and together with Michaëlla Krajicek she double-bageled Anett Kontaveit and Tatjana Vorobjova in the doubles match.[4] Late February she played the qualifications for WTA tournament of Acapulco. She played Mexican wildcard Ana Paula de la Peña in the first round and won but lost in the second qualification round to Sesil Karatantcheva. [5]

At an ITF 25K event in Irapuato, Mexico, Bertens won her second ITF singles title, beating Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova in the final, bringing her to a new career high in singles ranking. In the following week, she made it to the quarterfinals of the 25K tournament in Poza Rica, but her winning streak was ended by Jana Čepelová. At the 25K tournament in Bath the week afterwards, Bertens won the title, defeating Annika Beck in the final in three sets, her fourth three-set match in a row. Bertens failed to qualify for the WTA tournament in Copenhagen, going down to Johanna Konta.

At the qualifying for the WTA tournament in Fes, she beat Moroccan wildcard Intissar Rassif without losing a game. She reached her first WTA final in this tournament, defeating Urszula Radwańska, no. 6 seed Chanelle Scheepers, Garbiñe Muguruza, and no. 5 seed Simona Halep along the way. Before the tournament she never won a WTA singles match in the main tournament. In the final she defeated Laura Pous Tió, winning the last eight games.[6] She became the first Dutch female player since Michaëlla Krajicek in 2006 to win a WTA singles tournament.[7]

At the French Open, Bertens was seeded No. 1 in qualifying and defeated Annika Beck in the first qualifying round, saving a matchpoint in the third set. She defeated Olga Puchkova in the second round and outclassed Mădălina Gojnea in the Final Qualifying Round. This meant Bertens' first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam tournament. In the first round she lost in three sets to Christina McHale.

Bertens debuted at Wimbledon in her first round match against the Czech no. 19 seed Lucie Šafářová on 26 June. She won 6–3 6–0, while the second set lasted only fifteen minutes. The win meant Bertens reached the second round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career. In the second round she lost to Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets. Bertens then made a brief appearance at the ITF tournament in Biella, but lost to homeplayer Nastassja Burnett in the 1st round. She continued this bad form in Palermo and Båstad where she lost to Alexandra Cadantu and Polona Hercog respectively.

Bertens returned to form during the American hardcourt swing. In Montreal, Bertens managed to qualify by defeating Vladimíra Uhlířová, Shuai Zhang, saving two matchpoints, and Alexa Glatch. In the main draw, Bertens caused an upset, defeating former world no. 3 and world number 22 Nadia Petrova, coming back from a 3-6, 1-4 deficit. In the second round Caroline Wozniacki proved too strong, and Bertens lost in straight sets. As well as in Montreal, Bertens managed to qualify for the main draw in Cincinnati, defeating Aravane Rezaï and Yulia Putintseva. However, in the main draw she succumbed to fellow qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva. Her next tournament was in Dallas, where she faced Polona Hercog in the first round. Bertens retired with a shoulder injury after losing the first set.

At the US Open, Bertens managed to get revenge on Christina McHale, knocking out the American in the first round. In the second round she suffered a three-set loss to Russian Olga Puchkova and said afterwards she was nervous during the match. At the WTA tournament in Seoul, Bertens defeated Vania King in the first round and Silvia Soler Espinosa from Spain to reach the quarterfinals. She faced Estonian Kaia Kanepi next and lost in straight sets. After a second round appearance in Linz she ended her season with a first round loss in Luxembourg due to fatigue.

2013[edit]

Bertens started the year ranked number 63. Her first tournament was Auckland, reaching the quarterfinals, after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova and Heather Watson, which she lost in three sets to Jamie Hampton. In Sydney she lost in first qualification round to Misaki Doi. In her first appearance in the main draw of the Australian Open Bertens was defeated in the opening round by Lucie Hradecká.

She had a lucky and successful run at the indoor tournament of Paris. She played qualifications and lost in the final round to Virginie Razzano. But entered the main draw as a lucky loser. She defeated three top 30 players Tamira Paszek, Dominika Cibulková and Lucie Šafářová all in straight sets. In the semifinal she had to retire with a back injury after trailing 0-5 to no. 1 seed Sara Errani. Her ranking improved to no. 47 after the tournament. Because of her injury she had the withdrew from the Dutch Fed Cup team.[8]

Late February she played again in Acapulco. Seeded no 5 she reached the quarterfinals facing Errani. This time she was capable of a more competitive match, but still lost 6-4 6-4. At the Premier Mandatory tournaments of Indian Wells and Miami she reached the second round. Losing to Mona Barthel and Li Na respectively.

2014[edit]

At the 2014 French Open she reached the fourth round as a qualifier.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 28 April 2012 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay Spain Laura Pous Tió 7–5, 6–0

Singles Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A Q2 1R 1R 0–2
French Open Q1 1R 1R 4R 3–3
Wimbledon A 2R 1R Q1 1–2
US Open Q1 2R 1R 1R 1–3
Win–loss 0-0 2–3 0–4 3–3 5–10

Doubles Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 0–2
French Open 1R 1R 0–2
Wimbledon A A 0–0
US Open 1R 2R 1–2
Win–loss 0–2 1–3 0–1 1–6

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