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'There is nothing left in the tank - Kiki Bertens announces 2021 will be her final season

Kiki Bertens at Roland Garros

Former world number four Kiki Bertens has announced this season will be her last as a professional tennis player.

Bertens, 29, has struggled a little for form recently, although she is a former French Open semi-finalist and Wimbledon quarterfinalist.

However, she says there is nothing left in the tank, and her body is dictating that it is time to hang up her racquet.

"I want to share with all of you that I have decided this year will be the last season of my tennis career.

"I have always demanded the maximum of myself, but the tank is quite empty.

"The balance of the hard work I put in day in and day out and the satisfaction I get out of it at the end of the day is no longer there.

"Also, I am more than ready for the chapter that comes next after this.

"The next few tournaments to come are Eastbourne, Wimbledon and the Olympics. We will decide after if my body recovers well enough to play the rest of the season.

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"I will do everything I can to end my career in the best way possible."

In an interview with WTA Insider, Bertens expanded on her decision, saying Covid may have played a decisive factor in the timing.

"I know the success that I have had, I don't know if that's going to come soon and that's not only because of the injury," Bertens said.

"Life showed me there's something else. I think a lot of the girls who have had a longer career already probably felt the same way.

"I think it's easier when you're younger if you step away a little bit from the game and start competing again.

"For me, if Covid didn't come maybe I could continue for two to three more years, I have no idea."

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