Kiki Bertens was completely battled after her lost final at the WTA Elite Trophy. De Westlandse, who lost to Aryna Sabalenka in two sets on Sunday, notices that due to her busy schedule of the last months she is ready for a holiday.
"I gave everything that was inside of me, but the tank is empty. I am very tired. It has been long and hard weeks and Sabalenka was the better one today," said Bertens after the lost final in Zhuhai (6-4 and 6) -2) against De Telegraaf .
The 27-year-old Westlandse played her first tournament after the US Open on 9 September in Zhengzhou and then played weekly. For this week's Elite Trophy, she played successively in Osaka, Wuhan, Beijing, Linz and Moscow.
Bertens normally played her last tournament of the year at the Elite Trophy, but there is a chance that she still has to attend the WTA Finals. The current number ten in the world travels as a reserve player to Shenzhen, where the prestigious year-end tournament started on Sunday.
Kiki Bertens and Aryna Sabalenka with their prices. (Photo: Getty Images)
"I get as much rest as possible in the coming days"
Although participation in Shenzhen would be a nice end to the season, Bertens will not be alarmed if she stays on the sidelines. "Whether or not I still take action, it's all good. I get as much rest as possible in the coming days, but I have to keep myself a little sharp in case I have to play anyway."
Bertens failed to win her third title in 2019 at the Elite Trophy - the end-of-year tournament for the WTA ranking sub-top - after winning the St. Petersburg and Madrid tournaments earlier this year.
Although she lost two other finals this year (Rosmalen and Palermo), did not live up to high expectations at the Grand Slam tournaments and recently decided to (temporarily) break with coach Raemon Sluiter, Bertens is satisfied with 2019.
"I think it has been a very successful year," said the Dutchman, who rose to a historic fourth position in May and held that position until July. "I'm still in the top ten in the world and that was certainly a goal at the beginning of the year. So I'm proud of that."