MADRID, Spain - Kiki Bertens ran her streak to six straight sets won against Timea Bacsinszky on clay as the World No.19 rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
"I'm really happy with the way I played," Bertens said. "I think I played aggressive tennis today, like the kind of tennis I want to play on the clay. It's always tough, winning the first set like 6-2, with two breaks, and I think I was serving pretty good - in the second set, she had more chances than in the first. My service games were quite easy, I was playing agressive and serving really good...I was quite confident also in the second set."
Bertens beat Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2016, and was similarly on song in Tuesday's second round match, striking 16 winners in 16 games.
The Swiss struggled throughout the match, as she dropped serve five times and never found her rhythm in the contest with 24 unforced errors.
The Duthwoman never trailed in the matchup of former French Open semifinalists, as she sprinted out to leads of 3-0 in both sets and hardly looked back.
She saved the lone break point she faced early on in the second set, as she won a commanding 74 percent of points on serve in the match.
"I just love the clay!" Bertens said. "I think I needed some wins, the confidence. I think I was playing okay, and raising the level again, but if you lose, and lose tough matches, then you don't get the confidence. I have two wins, and also doubles yesterday was really good...I think it's going to be better and better every match."
It was a similarly dominant day for another pair of unseeded players in Misaki Doi and wildcard Sorana Cirstea, who each advanced to the third round in straight sets.
Doi, who earned her first career top 10 win over Madison Keys on Sunday, never faced a break point and rolled past Donna Vekic, 6-1, 6-2, while Cirstea also never surrendered serve in a 6-3, 6-2 win over CiCi Bellis.
Cirstea's win began a 3-0 day for the Romanians at the Caja Magica, as Irina-Camelia Begu performed a similar Houdini act as compatriot Simona Halep. The 2016 quarterfinalist trailed Johanna Larsson by a set, but never trailed again in the match en route to a 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 win.