SHENZHEN (CHINA), October 29: Late entry Kiki Bertens stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty with a comeback three-set victory to shake-up the seasonending WTA Finals in Shenzhen Tuesday.
The world No.10 looked in deep trouble at a set and break down, but turned the tide with ruthless returning and aggressive play at the net to overwhelm a deflated Barty, who could have sealed a spot in the semi-finals with victory.
Bertens won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes in a see-saw match featuring 12 breaks of serve.
“In the beginning I did not play well but I think I got better and I tried to play aggressive and come to the net,” Bertens said after.
Bertens was a late replacement for world No.3 Naomi Osaka, who earlier in the day withdrew from the round-robin tournament due to a shoulder injury.
She appeared nervous under the bright lights dropping her first three service games and Barty, who has locked up the year-end number one ranking, pounced to run away with the first set. (AFP)