Kiki Bertens is looking forward to playing her first WTA tournament since February on the clay court in Rome, even though the Westland admits that she enjoyed the matchless period.
“It was the first time in my career that I could not be on the track for nine weeks,” said Bertens at one press moment in Rome. “That was special. Of course I continued to work on my physical work, but that was a workout of two hours a day and then I had the rest of the day off. I really enjoyed that.”
The 28-year-old Bertens last came into action on the WTA Tour in Qatar at the end of February. That was two weeks after she won the tenth title of her career in St. Petersburg. Due to the corona crisis, the leader of Dutch tennis was then unable to play matches for months.
“From a mental point of view, I think it was very good for me that there was no tennis for a while”, Bertens admitted. “It was nice that I could be at home for a long time and could see my family again after a long time. Furthermore, I am completely rested and I did a lot of puzzles.”
Bertens starts against Hercog in Rome
By the way, Bertens already made her unofficial return to the court in July, when she participated in demonstration tournaments in Berlin. The leader of Dutch tennis could then have traveled to the US to participate in the tournament of Cincinnati and the US Open, but she stayed at home because of the corona pandemic.
Bertens therefore had to do with practice games and noticed that she was quickly dissatisfied with her own game in the beginning. “I always want to be at 100 percent. Even after a nine-week break, when I knew that was impossible. At the moment I don’t know where exactly I stand, but I am really looking forward to playing games again. “
Thanks to her place on the WTA ranking, Bertens received a bye for the first round and does not have to take action until Wednesday or Thursday. The number eight in the world starts in the second round against the Slovenian Polona Hercog. Bertens is preparing for Roland Garros, which starts in two weeks.
The Westland team participated in the doubles tournament with Arantxa Rus, but the Dutch duo was immediately eliminated by Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara on Tuesday: 3-6 and 4-6.