Tennis player Kiki Bertens has started well at the Australian Open. The number 9 in the world beat American Alison Riske with clear numbers in her first match in Melbourne: 6-3 6-3.

De Wateringse did not play a service game in the entire game and broke her opponent three times. At a 4-3 lead in the second set, Bertens hit on breakpoint against an ace on her second service. After an hour and six minutes she had her third victory at Riske.

Last year Bertens took the last 32 in Melbourne, which is her best result at the Australian Open so far. To reach the third round again, Bertens has to beat Anastasija Pavljoetsjenkova. ‘She is a tough opponent, but I think that every opponent in the second round is going to be tough.’ Bertens only participates in singles in Melbourne. She left the doubles to have a rest between her appearances.

Impressive statistics

The statistics from her victory at Alison Riske (6-3 6-3) were impressive, Bertens herself said “It was difficult with the wind and if you hit ten aces and zero double mistakes, then I think it’s okay,” she said. “It’s really one of the weapons that I have now!”

In the second set, Bertens got one breakpoint and she worked that way, with an ace on her second service. “I hit him completely wrong, the ball came on my frame,” Bertens confessed. “That could not happen at a better time.” Bertens was also very satisfied with her playing in general. “I was quickly comfortable and took a break'” says Bertens. “It was warm, but I was well prepared. I am ready for long stints, which I have shown in the past few weeks.”


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