Kiki Bertens is pleased with the level she achieved at the prestigious WTA Tournament in Miami. 27-year-old Wateringse won the Slovakian Viktória Kuzmová in three series (3-6, 6-0 and 6-1) on Saturday, so he is now practically fifth on the world rankings.
Bertens won there for the first time in the last sixteen years in the largest city of the US state of Florida.
"If you miss the first set, I played well," said Bertens at a press conference after the match. "Of course, it would be better if I started immediately, but at the beginning it did not fall in my direction."
Twenty-year-old Kuzmová recorded his first victory against Bertens in Dubai last month against the best player. It seems that in Miami again after the first series.
"I knew that Kuzmov could be very good and showed it in the first set. I had to work hard and try and be patient. It worked well, she is a good player and she has a bright future ahead of her."
This week is the last week when Bertens can rise to the world rankings. If she reaches the finals, she even has the chance to reach the first place. From 1 April, Bertens will participate in the Charleston Gravel Tournament, where he won the final victory last year and has many points to defend.
Photo: Kiki Bertens in action against Viktórii Kuzmová. (Photo: Getty Images)
"Barty can do anything with the ball"
Bertens will meet in the eighth finals with Australian Ashleigh Barty, who was overwhelmed in two series for his compatriot Samantha Stosur.
"Barty can do anything with the ball," says Bertens. "She played differently than other girls on a tour. She usually suffers, but she also has drops with more sense at home, such as slices and volleyball. It's a very different game against her."
"I like the way the game is played, and I like it as a person, and this is another opportunity for the game to play a good game. To be here for the first time in the fourth round, it's already a good result for me."