Kiki Bertens noticed on Friday evening during her match against Katerina Siniaková in the third round of Roland Garros that she has still not recovered from the very tough match against Sara Errani.
Nevertheless, the Dutch achieved a simple victory over the Czech.
"I am very happy that this match was much shorter", said a relieved Bertens after her match against Siniaková, who she beat 6-2 twice.
"I'm still recovering from that game against Errani, but today it went really well."
In the second round, the number eight in the world was still particularly hard against Errani on Wednesday.
In the grueling third set, she suffered from physical discomfort, survived a match point and eventually left the track in a wheelchair, crying with emotion and pain.
An hour after that match, her coach Elise Tamaëla announced that her pupil was doing better, but Bertens could barely train on Thursday.
"I didn't hit many balls yesterday," she said.
"I think I was on the track for about thirty minutes. I also cycled a bit and got a massage. My coach and physiotherapist did a very good job."
Kiki Bertens is at Roland Garros for the third time in the fourth round. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Kiki Bertens is at Roland Garros for the third time in the fourth round.
(Photo: Pro Shots)
'Too bad I don't see much orange here'
Bertens did give up her service against Siniaková in the opening game, but she immediately restored the balance and ultimately awarded her opponent only four games.
"I am very happy", she exulted in front of a handful of spectators.
"It's a pity that I don't see much orange along the track here. I hope you can still enjoy my matches a bit at home."
In the fourth round, Bertens faces the twentieth seeded Greek Maria Sakkari or the Italian Martina Trevisan.
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