Kiki Bertens lost her first match on a tennis court on Tuesday since the restart after the corona crisis. She had to bow 6-3 and 6-2 to Petra Kvitová at the Bett1-aces Tournament, a demonstration tournament in Berlin.
Bertens uses the demonstration tournament in Berlin to see how she is physically doing, after professional tennis was suspended for almost five months due to the corona crisis.
The Dutch number seven in the world rankings had a bye in the first round of the tournament. Kvitová already came into action and defeated Andrea Petkovic 6-4 and 6-1 on Monday.
Partly because of this, the Czech number twelve in the world seemed to have a better rhythm from the start than Bertens on the grass track. She broke the Dutch in love in her first service game and immediately gave up that advantage in the first set.
In the second set, it was Bertens who made the first break in the second game, but Kvitová answered by winning six games in a row and took the victory.
Especially the service of Bertens, normally one of her greatest weapons, did not run smoothly; she won only 59 percent of the points on her first save. Kvitová was therefore able to attract the party thanks to her good returns.
Petra Kvitová in action during her won match against Kiki Bertens. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Rapid resit for Bertens on hard court
Bertens will meet Anastasija Sevastova in the battle for third place on Wednesday. The Latvian player lost 7-6 (2) and 6-3 to Elina Svitolina earlier on Tuesday. The Ukrainian will be Kvitová's opponent in the final battle later on Wednesday.
After the grass finals on Wednesday, the tennis players - six men and six women - exchange the Steffi Graf Stadium from Friday to Saturday for a hard court in a hangar at Tempelhof airport.
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