MONTRÉAL, Canada - The first round of the Rogers Cup wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon, with a few players coming back from the brink of defeat just to make the second round at the prestigious Premier-level tournament.
Among them was Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens, who rallied from a 63 41 deficit to beat former World No.3 Nadia Petrova in a nail-biter, 36 76(4) 64.
"In the beginning I wasn't playing so well, but I kept fighting and my level got better as the match went on," Bertens said. "Every day my form is getting better on hardcourt, so I hope I can keep that going moving forward here."
It has been a breakthrough season for Bertens, capturing her first WTA title on the clay courts of Fès, Morocco and subsequently breaking the Top 100 - and now the 20-year-old Dutchwoman matches her career-best win in terms of ranking, having beaten a No.22-ranked Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon.
Next up is World No.8 Caroline Wozniacki. "I've never played a Top 10 player, this will be my first time, so I hope I can enjoy it and play my best."
What Bertens may not realize is it's not only her first time playing against a Top 10 player, it's also her first time playing against a Top 20 player.