Kiki Bertens has returned to the top ten of the world rankings of tennis association WTA.

The 29-year-old Westlandse did not play last week due to an injury, but rose one place.

The 29-year-old Bertens took over the tenth place from the Czech Petra Kvitová, who was eliminated in the quarter finals at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart last week and thus lost valuable points for the global ranking.

She dropped from tenth to twelfth.

Bertens has not won a single time on the WTA Tour this year.

She always lost her first match in Qatar, Dubai and Miami.

More than a week ago, she was too strong for Xinyu Wang (6-2, 6-0) in the game between the Netherlands and China in the Billie Jean King Trophy.

That victory brought tears and relief to Bertens.

De Wateringse was sidelined for months after an operation on an Achilles tendon.

A day later she did report with minor complaints for the second day of the Nations Cup in Den Bosch.

As a precaution, Bertens also skipped the WTA tournament in Stuttgart last week.

The intention is that she will make her comeback in Madrid at the end of this week.

Bertens won the last edition of the Spanish clay tournament in 2019, which was canceled last year due to the corona crisis.

The top nine of the world rankings remained unchanged for women.

That means that Australian Ashleigh Barty is still number one.

Naomi Osaka, who won the Australian Open in February, is second.

Rafael Nadal returned to second place in the world rankings.

Rafael Nadal returned to second place in the world rankings.

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Nadal second in the world ranking again

After more than a month, Rafel Nadal is again the number two in the world ranking for men.

The Spaniard, who won the clay tournament in Barcelona on Sunday at the expense of Stefanós Tsitsipás, took over second place from Danill Medvedev, who has not played for three weeks.

The 34-year-old Nadal is currently preparing for Roland Garros, the French Grand Slam that he has already won thirteen times.

With that number he is the record holder.

He also shares the record of most Grand Slam victories (twenty) with Roger Federer.

Novak Djokovic is still the men's league leader, extending his weekly record as the world's number one.

He has been leading the men for 318 weeks now.

In March, he broke Federer's record, who was the best in the world once for 311 weeks.

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