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2017 US Open Spotlight: Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens is hitting her stride on the European red clay, wrapping up a successful week in Nuremberg, in which she defended last year’s title. 

Here’s a little more on this rising Dutch player:

The Kiki Bertens File

Age: 25
Height: 6-0
Residence: Wateringen, Netherlands
Current Rank: 19
Career-High Rank: 19 (May 2017)
Best US Open Finish: 2R (2012, 2015)

The Baseline

- Bertens completed her run to back-to-back Nuremberg Cup titles with a 6-2, 6-1 victory Saturday over Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova. The top-seeded Bertens needed just 56 minutes to wrap up the title and never lost a set during her run through the tournament. In fact, she dropped just 23 games in five matches.

- Her win in Nuremberg – the third title of her career – caps off a successful spring for the Dutchwoman. She also reached the quarterfinals in Madrid and the semifinals in Rome. Her run on the red clay has allowed her to move up to No. 19 in the WTA Rankings, her best ranking to date, and she will move up to at least No. 18 when the new rankings are released on Monday.  

- Her third WTA title comes at the perfect time, right before Roland Garros. Last year, Bertens reached the semifinals in Paris for her best Grand Slam tournament run to date. (She lost to Serena Williams in the final four.) She’ll be seeded No. 18 in Paris and will face Australian Alja Tomljanovic in the first round.

-  Bertens broke out last year, rising from No. 101 at year-end 2015 to No. 22 at year-end 2016, behind her run to the semifinals at Roland Garros and trips to the final in Gstaad and the semis in Luxembourg and Rabat. She also shined in Fed Cup, playing going 4-0 for the Netherlands with wins over Top 30 players Caroline Garcia, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ekaterina Makarova and Kristina Mladenovic.

- She is also an accomplished doubles player, rising to No. 25 in the world individual doubles rankings earlier this year. She and Johanna Larsson have teamed to win six WTA doubles titles since 2015.

They said it! 

“I am very happy, I did not expect to win this week but I did it again. I’m leaving on Sunday morning for Paris and I’ll be ready on Monday.” – Bertens, after her triumph in Nuremberg