Kiki Bertens is very disappointed that she had to cancel her registration for the WTA tournament in Charleston on Sunday.
The Westland sees that she still has too much trouble with her Achilles tendon to be able to perform at top level.
The 29-year-old Bertens underwent surgery for an Achilles tendon injury in October and had to convalesce for months.
The number ten in the world made her comeback in Doha in March and then played tournaments in Dubai and Miami, but each time she was eliminated without a chance in her first match.
"I can't complain about the recovery after my surgery, but now and then the Achilles don't want to go as fast as I would like. Unfortunately, the transition to clay and the will to get better as soon as possible was too much of it good ", Bertens writes in an extensive statement on Instagram.
Her coach Elise Tamaëla said on Saturday in conversation with NU.nl that Bertens will still need time before she is completely back to normal.
"It is still fragile now. She lacks speed and explosiveness. That's what the orthopedist said:" Don't expect to be at your old level within four months. "
Kiki Bertens results in 2021
Doha - Jelena Ostapenko (WTA-54): 0-6 and 2-6
Dubai - Tereza Martincová (WTA-105): 1-6 and 4-6
Miami - Liudmila Samsonova (WTA-126): 2-6 & 1-6
Bertens hopes to participate in Billie Jean King Cup
The WTA tournament in Charleston, which Bertens won in 2018, would be her first tournament of the year on clay.
The leader of Dutch tennis hopes to be fit enough to play with the Netherlands against China next week in the Billie Jean King Cup (formerly Fed Cup).
"I have to take a step back in the coming days to avoid endangering the rest of the clay court season. For now this is a huge disappointment, but I will do everything I can to represent my country healthy and fit at the Billie Jean King Cup in Den Bosch ", said Bertens.
After the matches with the Netherlands, Bertens hopes to participate in the clay tournaments in Stuttgart and Madrid, among other things.
These tournaments serve as preparation for Roland Garros, which is currently on the program from 17 May to 6 June.Keywords: