Kiki Bertens has reached as high as number four in the WTA rankings and while she would love to better her Grand Slam performances, the Dutchwoman has already won 10 WTA titles since 2012. Are you looking to find out which tennis racquet is Kiki Bertens using? Read on to know more including the specifications.
For someone who barely played at the junior’s circuit, Bertens has shown remarkable poise and temperament to come this far. Having begun her ITF career in 2009, she didn’t take too long to make it to the qualifiers at the Grand Slams, winning her first match in the opening qualifying round at the 2012 Australian Open.
Bertens shocked the 19th seeded Lucie Safarova as her maiden Grand Slam match win at the 2012 Wimbledon, and then repeated the dose on the 21st seed Christina McHale in the opening round at US Open that year. Those were only two wins in Grand Slam tennis though that season, and she followed that up with first round defeats in each of the four majors she played in 2013.
In the meantime, she did win the 2012 Fes Open on clay, her favourite surface, before showing her true colours at the 2014 French Open. Making it to the main draw as a qualifier, Bertens made it as far as the fourth round which included a win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Again, a lacklustre year followed in 2015 before Bertens began to surge again in 2016. This time it was a remarkable turnaround. From having lost four of the six Grand Slam matches she played the previous year, Bertens became the first Dutchwoman to make a Grand Slam semifinal in 39 years.
This included a shock first round win over the third seeded Angelique Kerber (check racquet specs here), and a couple more against Daria Kasatkina and Madison Keys (check racquet specs here). Bertens’ run was ended by Serena Williams in the last-four stage.
As on May 2020, Bertens never again made it to the semifinal of a Grand Slam, getting as far as the quarterfinal stage of the 2018 Wimbledon (where she defeated Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova). However, she did win three WTA titles that year, including her first two outside of clay – at Cincinnati and Seoul.
In 2019, Bertens won her first Premier Mandatory title at Madrid to rocket to world number four.
Bertens loves to play on clay and according to rival Petra Kvitova, her solid forehand and brilliant variety makes her standout on clay. Even according to Aryna Sabalenka, Bertens’ secret lies in her aggression, which helps her do well even on a surface like clay.
So, Which is Kiki Bertens’s Racquet?
Kiki Bertens uses the Wilson Blade 98 18×20 V7.0 racquet and strings it with Luxilon 4G 125 for the mains and crosses.
Get the Wilson Blade 98 18×20 V7.0 racquet specifications below.
- Length: 27 in/68.58 cm
- Head Size: 98 sq.in./632 sq.cm
- Weight: Strung: 11.4 oz/323 g, Unstrung: 10.8 oz/305 g
- Tension: 50-60 Pounds
- Balance: 33.02 cm/7 pts HL
- Beam Width: 21 mm/21 mm/21 mm
- Composition: Braided Graphite & Basalt
- String Pattern: 18 Mains/20 Crosses
- String Tension: 50-60 pounds
Watch the below video reviewing the racquet Kiki Bertens uses, the Wilson Blade 98 18×20 V7.0:
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