Kiki Bertens finds it difficult to estimate how she is doing after her hopeless defeat at the WTA tournament in Doha. According to the number 11 in the world, who has not been in action since October of last year due to Achilles tendon surgery, her opponent Jelena Ostapenko played “really impressive”.
In an hour, Bertens only took two games: 0-6 2-6. “I thought she played very well. She missed little, hit a lot of winners and had an answer for everything. This makes it difficult to estimate where you stand”, said 29-year-old Bertens.
“You really try to work your way into the game, but it was not good enough. She was just really the better and had everything on her racket. It is no different and now it is a matter of continuing with what I am doing.”
Bertens sounded quite delighted half an hour after the match. “Of course you are frustrated. Of course you hope to win the tournament right away when you return. I did everything I could, but she was just ‘too good'”, said the Westland, who felt physically okay. “My foot was good today and it didn’t affect me. I stood on my feet.”
Later in the week, Bertens will still play in the doubles in Doha. “I am happy that I have been admitted with Lesley Pattinama-Kerkhove, so that I will play at least one more game here,” said Bertens.
“And it is also a matter of going back to the training courses and working a lot of hours to prepare myself as well as possible for the Dubai tournament. Hopefully I will find a slightly less opponent there.”
The Dubai WTA tournament starts on Sunday.