For the second year in a row, Kiki Bertens will wrap up the season among nine best players in the world, wrapping up another notable season that saw her playing at both the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai and the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.
The Dutchwoman will have to seek the third straight top-10 finish in 2020 without Raemon Sluiter, as they parted ways after her last match in Shenzhen. Sluiter is a former top-50 player who started to work with Bertens in August 2015 when she was still ranked outside the top-100, gathering a strong team around his compatriot and doing a fantastic job with Kiki in 2016 and 2017 when she claimed three WTA titles.
Bertens became a regular top-30 player last season and improved every element of her game to earn the place in the top-10 in October after conquering Charleston, Cincinnati and Seoul. After four WTA finals in 2018, Kiki bested that in the season behind us with five title matches, lifting trophies in St.
Petersburg and Madrid and finishing runner-up in s-Hertogenbosch, Palermo and Zhuhai to secure the second year-end top-10 finish in a row. "I would like to thank Kiki for her trust, hard work and dedication over the last four years," Sluiter said.
"I wish her, Remko and Elise all the best for the future. I want to thank the WTA and all my fellow coaches. Life on tour can be tough, but I had the feeling that we were in the same boat." "Sometimes, you also have to make tough decisions which you believe it would make you better," Bertens said.
"Next year, I will not continue to work with Raemon anymore. I want to say thank you for everything you have done for me in the past four years. I have grown as a player and as a person and this would have been impossible without you. Thank you for everything! Next year I will continue to work with Elise Tamaela as my coach."