Kiki Bertens: Tennis Player Profile

João Mourato

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:40 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019 2:40 PM UTC

Kiki Bertens has been one of the best clay-court players in recent years but her breakthrough year in 2018 made her a dangerous player in all surfaces.

<p style="text-align:center"><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;text-align:center">Career Numbers</span><br /> </p><p><strong>Date of Birth:</strong> December 10, 1991</p><p><strong>Height:</strong> 6’0” (182cm)</p><p><strong>Birthplace: </strong>Wateringen, Netherlands</p><p><strong>Titles:</strong> 8 (up to 30th April 2019)</p><ul> <li><u>WTA Premier:</u> 3</li> <li><u>Clay:</u> 5</li> <li><u>Hard:</u> 3</li></ul><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Early Career</h2><p></p><p> </p><p>Kiki Bertens started playing tennis at the age of six in a tennis club where her aunt and uncle played. Unlike most players, Bertens did not play on the ITF junior circuit except for one appearance at the junior Fed Cup in 2007. Kiki started competing on the ITF Tour in 2006 and turned pro three years after. However, Bertens only played her first full season on the WTA Tour in 2010, winning one ITF tournament and ending the year as the world No.219.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center">Breakthrough Year<br /> </h2><p></p><p>Before 2018, Bertens was considered an exclusive clay-court specialist. Besides winning four WTA Tour titles on clay between 2012 and 2017, Kiki reached her maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open in 2016. The Dutch No.1 has always been a threat on red dirt but her poor 47.80% winning record combined on grass and hard court reflected Kiki’s lack of confidence on other surfaces.</p><p>Nevertheless, everything changed in 2018. Bertens enjoyed another strong clay-court season – winning her first WTA Premier title in Charleston and reaching her maiden WTA Premier Mandatory final in Madrid – but this time, the Dutch continued to play well on other surfaces. Bertens won two hard court titles in Cincinnati and Seoul, reached the quarter-finals in Wimbledon and became the first Dutchwoman to be ranked inside the Top 10 in over 20 years. Adding to this, Kiki also qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore and won the award for the most improved player of the year.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center">Betting Profile<br /> </h2><p></p><p>According to <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle’s closing odds</a>, Bertens has been an interesting investment throughout her career with a 4.6% ROI on all surfaces. As mentioned above, the 27-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2018, which explains her incredible 12.70% ROI in the 79 matches she has played over the last 12 months.</p><p>Bertens’ overall numbers on hard court and grass are far from impressive but if we look at her stats in the last year, the Dutch has been extremely profitable in all surfaces. In fact, Kiki’s ROI on hard court and grass is better when compared to her numbers on clay over the last 12 months. However, these numbers are not hard to explain since her success on hard court and grass was unexpected while the bookmakers and the market were already expecting a strong clay-court season from Bertens.</p><p><strong>Overall:</strong></p><ul> <li><u>Hard Court</u>: -9.1%</li> <li><u>Grass</u>: 2.6%</li> <li><u>Clay:</u> 15.2%</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Last 12 Months:</strong></p><ul> <li><u>Hard Court:</u> 16.8%</li> <li><u>Grass: </u>18.7%</li> <li><u>Clay: </u>5%</li></ul><p> </p><p>Looking now at Kiki’s stats according to price range, the world No.7 has been incredibly consistent when priced as heavy favourite. The Dutch won 97.73% of the matches when priced below 1/5 (1.20), losing only one match in her entire career on this price range. Bertens has also been a tremendous investment as underdog but has often been surprised by her opponents when priced moderate / slight favourite.</p><ul> <li><u>&lt; 1/5 (1.20)</u>: 10%</li> <li><u>1/5 (1.20) to 1/2 (1.50)</u>: -2.7%</li> <li><u>1/2 (1.50) to 1/1 (2.00)</u>: -4.4%</li> <li><u>1/1 (2.00) or higher:</u> 19.1%</li></ul><p><br />The bookmakers are now aware of Kiki’s ability on other surfaces and it will be harder to find value on her <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> on grass or hard court. Nevertheless, Bertens continues to be one of the best clay-court players in the game and definitely a player to keep an eye in Roland Garros. If you like to build accumulators with heavy favourites, Bertens may be an interesting bet to add to your <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">betting tips</a> due to her tremendous success on this price range.</p>
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