Kiki Bertens knows who her opponent is when she makes her return to the highly regarded tournament in Madrid this week. The number ten in the world is on the Spanish clay court opposite the only fifteen-year-old Victoria Jiménez from Andorra.
Jiménez is number 901 in the world. Last year she made an impression by winning the Australian Open junior tournament at the age of fourteen.
29-year-old Bertens is struggling this season with an injury to her Achilles tendon. She made her return to the game with China in the Billie Jean King Cup earlier this month, but dropped out prematurely. She then also signed out for the WTA tournament in Stuttgart.
In Madrid, Bertens is seeded seventh and is considered the defending champion. De Wateringse won the tournament two years ago and last year the event was canceled due to the corona pandemic.
She is chasing Jiménez in her first win of the 2021 WTA Tour. In a win, she meets Veronika Kudermetova or Elina Vesnina from Russia. The tournament in Madrid starts on Thursday.
Arantxa Rus will not participate. The thirty-year-old from Delft went directly down on Tuesday in qualifications against the Russian Vera Zvonareva: 6-3 and 6-2.