2021 is not yet the year of Kiki Bertens. The number 11 in the world lost again in two sets to the Russian Liudmila Samsonova: 6-2, 6-1. Arantxa Rus also failed to reach the third round of the tournament in Miami: 6-2, 6-3.
Bertens did not win a set in Miami either. Samsonova needed less than an hour to eliminate the Dutch. The number 11 in the world only took three games. These figures apply to Bertens’ year so far, because in 2021 she did not win a single set and she won a total of ten games. She lost to Jelana Ostapenko in Doha against Tereze Martinkova in Dubai and now Samsonova.
Against the Russian, she handed in her serve twice in the first set and Bertens immediately came behind a break in the second set. Samsonova broke her for a second time and was allowed to serve at 5-1 for the match. She immediately finished and gave Bertens the third defeat of the year.
Rus had reached the second round by beating the Czech Marie Bouzkova, the number 47 in the world. Against the 23rd seeded Greek Maria Sakkari, the Dutch number 84 of the world ranking was not involved in the first set. She gave up her serve twice and lost the set 6-2.
In the second set Rus played better, but she came 2-1 behind a break and could not recover. At 5-3, Sakkari got three match points and it was on the second.
Sakkari meets in the fourth round of the winner of the match between the Russian Liudmila Samsonova and Kiki Bertens.
Osaka defeated Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets, 7-6 (3) 6-4. It was her first performance since winning the Australian Open final.
Osaka did not have much rhythm and perhaps partly due to the strong wind over the center court she made many mistakes. Notably, she recovered by striking thirteen aces. Tomljanovic is number 77 in the world, Osaka number 2.
“After not playing for a long time, I was a bit nervous”, Osaka admitted. “I made the wrong choice far too often. Maybe I wouldn’t have made it if there had been a third set. Fortunately, I managed to prevent that. ”
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Dramatic withdrawal of Bertens in Miami, also Russian fall without a chance | Sport
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