"It's an incredible event and I can't wait to come back here next year," Kiki Bertens said with a big smile as she'd just won her 9th career title. But it wasn't always that easy and freewheeling as she was the runner-up at last year's Madrid Open falling badly to Petra Kvitova.
She had the misfortune of losing before to Kvitova in the semis at Stuttgart. She had proven her dominance on the road to the final by defeating Angelique Kerber and the continuously improving Belinda Bencic who had her battles in Madrid especially with Naomi Osaka.
She had given her a compliment saying "..her ball is very heavy, you cannot see, but she puts you under a lot of pressure with all her shots...you don't have time to construct the rally..." Bencic had gotten into the quarterfinals with Osaka and came out a winner.
Competition is extremely tough and she'd admitted that "I don't know how I turned it around. I just tried to hang in there...and play for every ball and somehow it turned around." She'd play the semis with Halep but the Romanian had all the answers in strategy.
Bertens continued to roll out superb tennis even facing the most difficult of players at this Madrid Open. She would defeat the 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 US Open title holder Sloane Stephens and got her revenge over Petra Kvitova by defeating her in the Madrid quarterfinals.
Bertens had broken not only her opponent's games in the rounds leading up to her final win but brought about history to the tournament winning every round in straight sets. She is the first Dutch woman to win Madrid and her to have come out in the top 5 in the world.
It was her victory of winning over Simona Halep that kept Japan's Naomi Osaka remaining number one. It was a hard fought final with Simona Halep battling right up to the end. Kiki Bertens came out the winner, although the tough Romanian felt successful saying that "I can't be more happier...it's my 4th final...it was a great week.
I can't wait to come back here next year..." Halep has been in the Madrid Open 4 times with being successful at winning the title twice. As for Kiki Bertens, the victory is grand and she'll pack and move on to the Italian Open in Rome where she will try desperately to spin her web onto the court, producing victories in Italy whether it be going deep in the tournament or adding another title to her career.