World No 9 Kiki Bertens announced last week that she will miss the start of the 2021 season, including the Australian Open, and has undergone surgery on her troublesome Achilles.
The only possibility for me to play without pain again and get the maximum out of trainings and matches was to get a surgery. So that’s what I did now! Kiki Bertens
The 10-time WTA Tour singles winner has been struggling with the injury throughout the year after the problem initially flared up during the Adelaide International at the start of 2020.
She started her season with a fourth-round run Melbourne and then picked up her 10th career WTA title in ST. Petersburg.
She only played 3 events after tennis resumed in August following the coronavirus layoff, reaching the 4th round at Roland Garros before being beaten by Italian Martina Trevisan but finished her season inside of the Top 10 a third straight year.
“Some of you might know that I already had an Achilles injury for some time,” she wrote. “The only possibility for me to play without pain again and get the maximum out of trainings and matches was to get a surgery. So that’s what I did now!
“I will miss the start of 2021, so unfortunately I won’t be competing in Australia. I will try my best to come back stronger as fast as I can 💪can’t wait to see you guys on tour soon again!”
Bertens has since shared a status update from the hospital room where she is recovering from left Achilles surgery and returned home to recover.