Favorite since the start of the tournament, Kiki Bertens had to drop her racket at the All England Club after a 7-5 6-1 defeat inflicted by Barbora Strycova in the third round on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Dutchwoman, she will not equal nor surpass her last run at The Championships.
“Today here it ends in round three,” the World No. 4 told the press during her post-match conference. “Last year was quarters. It was unbelievable”. By acknowledging that her strokes “were not really there,” Wimbledon’s fourth seed admitted that she did not face the English Major with the potential she would have liked.
"Still I think the grass season was OK,” the 27-year-old analysed. “I played a lot of matches. I won a lot of matches. But still the game is not really there, I would say, for grass. I have to play more aggressive.
I think I didn't do that the whole grass court season." With Naomi Osaka and Bertens out before the fourth round, The Championships conclude this year’s Manic Monday deprived off all their six singles-best-ranked ladies.
There remains one seed per quarter-final though, because Simona Halep (7), Elina Svitolina (8), Serena Williams (11) and Johanna Konta (19) are ready to push their way through to the Venus Rosewater Dish. Strycova, who cut Bertens from the title-chase, managed to get past Elise Mertens 4-6 7-5 6-2 to secure a one-to-one with local favorite Johanna Konta.