Kiki Bertens withdraws from Australian Open

World no. 9 Kiki Bertens is back on the practice court following left Achilles tendon surgery in October, although she is still not ready to play competitive matches.

The Dutch player hasn't competed since Roland Garros in October, undergoing surgery a couple of weeks later and starting the recovery trail. Everything has been working fine so far, but Kiki is still not ready to embrace the official matches, deciding to skip the Australian swing and hoping to return in March. The Australian Open was never a lucky Major for Bertens, winning only seven out of 15 matches and never reaching the quarter-final. Kiki's only title in 2020 came in St. Petersburg, still doing enough to finish in the top-9 for the third straight season.

"I'm back on the court! My rehab is going well, although I had to make the tough decision to skip the Australia trip this year. It's coming too soon, and the risk is too big. I will keep on working on a strong come back, that will hopefully happen in March," Kiki Bertens said.

Although the Dutch no. 1 won't compete in Melbourne, many others will and so remember to follow it with TennisUpToDate Live Scores by clicking here!

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