“I know that I have done something very special,” said Bertens “I keep trying to improve myself every day, hopefully I can get even higher.”
Bertens climbed the global ranking from seventh to fourth thanks to her tournament victory in Madrid. This young player from Wateringen made history on the Spanish clay by being the first to win the highly regarded tournament without losing a set. With Jelena Ostapenko, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Simona Halep, she beat four grand slam winners and earned some 1.2 million euros in prize money.
Rome and Paris
Bertens immediately traveled from Madrid to Rome, where she joined in the second round. She will be facing the winner of the duel between the American ‘lucky loser’ Amanda Anisimova (17) and Elisabetta Cocciaretto, the 18-year-old Italian who has been admitted with a wildcard. Bertens, place in sixth, has no points to defend in Italy, because last year she lost in the first round. “Hopefully it will be a few nice weeks on clay,” says Bertens. She is one of the favorites for the title at the Roland Garros tournament in Paris at the end of this month.
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