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Kiki Bertens retires from tennis
Jul 30, 2021, 4:08:00 AM

Kiki Bertens retires from tennis

Dutch star Kiki Bertens is now retired and she turns a new chapter in her life. The WTA star has opted to call it a career and is set to leave behind a huge legacy after spending 12 years in the sport.

A lot of fans were shocked when Bertens made a huge call to end her career. Kiki is one of the best WTA stars, and she proved her worth over the years as she kept on winning a lot of games in her career.

As one of the best Dutch stars, Kiki has tallied a total of 10 WTA titles in 15 final runs. The first of them was on the clay court at Fes in 2012. She won as a qualifier and it was also her main-draw game after playing for a short period of time on the junior circuit.

The year 2018 saw Bertens win her first WTA 500 title at Charleston and added a win at the WTA 1000 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. She went on to beat world no. 1 Simona Halep in the final, which was her fourth win over top 10 players in just a week.

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Kiki went on to win the biggest title of her career at the Madrid Open in 2019. She won over three players in the top 10 en route to the title, beating the likes of no.2 Petra Kvitova (QF), no.8 Sloane Stephens (SF), and no.3 Simona Halep (F). She was the first and only player to win that title without losing a set.

Her success led her to become the world no. 4 in May 2019 and has passed Betty Stove for the highest rank reached for any Dutchwoman in the WTA. In the end, Kiki was still pleased with her run.

‘I think I can be really proud of myself. I would have never dreamed what I've achieved’, Kiki said. ‘There's so many memories, so many great people I've met over the years. I'm just going away with a happy face and no regrets’.

Kiki leaves a lot of memories for her fans, and a lot of them will never forget how she fought her way all the way to the top.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA