World number nine Kiki Bertens has had Achilles surgery in Amsterdam and will miss the start of the 2021 season, including the Australian Open.
Bertens takes to social media to share news
The Dutchwoman announced the news on Instagram, saying "some of you might know that I already had an Achilles injury for some time. The only possibility for me to play without pain again and get the maximum out of trainings and matches was to get a surgery.
"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 again on tour soon."
The injury plagued Bertens throughout 2020, where she went 15-6. After having to withdraw from Adelaide in the beginning of the year, the 28-year old elected not to participate in doubles in Melbourne with Ashleigh Barty after the duo had reached the Brisbane final.
After defending her title in St. Petersburg, the tour was suspended for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She continued to struggle with the injury and was forced to retire during her first round match in Strasbourg.
The world number nine reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza as well as the French Open, where she was upset by qualifier Martina Trevisan. She declined to participate at the US Open due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.