After she was defeated pretty effortlessly – 6/2, 6/3 -, by Julia Goerges, Kiki Bertens revealed what stopped her perform well and pointed out that, despite her poor Grand Slam displays, she is satisfied by what she has achieved this year.
The 27 years old Dutch player failed to break her US Open personal record by failing to get past the third round for the second year in a row. Even though she felt good in the morning of the matchday, Bertens confessed that she had difficulties calibrating her game right from the start of the match.
"I played really bad today. I felt good this morning so I don't know why, but the moment I stepped on the court, I didn't feel the ball, didn't feel the body. She was serving well in important moments and hitting some good forehands - I didn't get the chance to get into the match”, said Bertens.
However, it is not the end of the world for the number seven in the WTA rankings. She comforts in the fact that she managed to stay in top 10, although her Grand Slam performances were poor. "The Slams were not great this year but that's how it goes.
I'm still in the Top 10, so I did something else pretty good... Today you cannot call it bad luck, it was just a bad performance. I don't know what it is - we just keep on working and see if next year we can do it a little better”, concluded Bertens.