Surprisingly Kiki Bertens announced her retirement from professional tennis in an interview with the outlet US. The player from the Netherlands, who will turn 30 in December, is going through the hardest moment of her career due to an operation on her Achilles tendon that has not been rehabilitated in the expected way.
After several attempts and a long string of defeats so far this year, the one who was No. 4 in the world announced what his next three will be and, possibly, recent tournaments: Eastbourne, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. Depending on how your physique responds, it will decide whether to stop or continue until the end of the season.
“I feel like I’ve done everything I can to come back stronger than ever. Unfortunately, I have not had the successes that I expected on the sports field, nor on the physical field. I gave it my all, but right now my tank is completely empty ”, Bertens says in the interview.
Champion of ten WTA titles, including Cincinnati (2018) and Madrid (2019), The tennis player from the Netherlands had a great turning point in the past calendar with the arrival of the pandemic, at which point she was able to assess which path she wanted to follow in the medium term.
In memory will be his semi-finals at Roland Garros 2016 or his quarter-finals at Wimbledon 2018. Although above the titles, achievements and victories, Kiki is clear about the aspect that makes her smile the most when she looks back at her fifteen-year career. “I am very proud of everything I have achieved, of all the experiences I have had. I started doing this when I was just a kid, I remember I was embarrassed to play in front of five people. Now I play in the largest stadiums in the world, surrounded by many people, I can say that I was able to overcome my fears “, she concluded.