Former world no. 4 Kiki Bertens announced her retirement on Wednesday. The Dutch player has been dealing an injury to her Achilles heel since last year and the injury coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic-related interruptions prompted her to take this call.
Bertens shared the news of her retirement on her Instagram page, via a post.
Kiki Bertens ends her career on her terms
In her post, the 29-year-old said, “Hi everyone, I want to share with all of you that I have decided this year will be the last season of my tennis career.
I have always demanded the maximum of myself, but the tank is quite empty. The balance of the hard work I put in day in and day out and the satisfaction I get out of it at the end of the day is no longer there. Also, I am more than ready for the chapter that comes next after this.
The next few tournaments to come are Eastbourne, Wimbledon and the Olympics. We will decide after if my body recovers well enough to play the rest of the season. I will do everything I can to end my career in the best way possible”.
Bertens first broke into the top-10 of the WTA ranking in 2018. That year, she reached the final of Mutua Madrid Open (lost to Petra Kvitova) and made it to the semi-final of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen (lost to Elina Svitolina).
In 2019, Bertens continued her run of form and reached the Mutua Madrid Open final for the second straight year. This time, she won the title defeating Simona Halep in the final. That win helped her reach to a career-high of no.
4 in the WTA ranking. The 29-year-old had looked to be building up momentum in the first quarter of the 2020 season but the pandemic wreaked havoc on her run. When the tour resumed, she was side-lined by her injury and even underwent surgery at the end of the 2020 to try and address her injury but her recuperation didn’t go as she’d wanted to.
In 2021, Kiki Bertens didn’t play the Australian Open. At the French Open, seeded 16th, she lost in the first round to Polona Hercog.