Kiki Bertens, despite her early elimination at the Australian Open, has raised a place on the world ranking. The Westlands occupies the eighth position on Monday, the highest ranking from her career.
The 27-year-old Bertens aspired to go for the title at the Australian Open, but she was surprisingly dropped in the second round two weeks ago by the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. With that, she did less well than last year when she reached the third round.
Nevertheless, Bertens rises a spot on the ranking and that she owes mainly to the elimination of Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. The Danish, last year still responsible for eliminating Bertens, wrote the Australian Open last year on her name and lost many points. She now occupies the ninth position.
Bertens is only the second Dutch ever to be in the top eight of the WTA ranking. Betty Stöve was even number five in 1977. Brenda Schultz-McCarthy also reached the top ten in her career, but never reached beyond the ninth position (1996).
This week, Bertens participates in the WTA tournament in St. Petersburg. The head of Dutch tennis in Russia can get a lot of points for the WTA-ranking because last year she already stranded in the first round due to an assignment.