Bencic at the 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup
|Full name||Belinda Bencic|
10 March 1997 |
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||32 (10 November 2014)|
|Current ranking||32 (10 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2014)|
|French Open||1R (2014)|
|US Open||QF (2014)|
|Career titles||2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||189 (13 October 2014)|
|Current ranking||208 (3 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||1R (2014)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Last updated on: 3 November 2014.|
Bencic has won two singles and two doubles titles on the ITF tour. On 8 September 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 33. On 13 October 2014, she peaked at world number 189 in the doubles rankings.
In 2012, Bencic made her debut for the Switzerland Fed Cup team, and in 2013 won the French Open and Wimbledon girls' singles titles. She has also been a finalist in three girls' doubles tournaments, at the US Open in 2012 and 2013, as well as at Wimbledon in 2012. Bencic's best result to date is her run at the 2014 US Open, where she reached the quarterfinals, defeating two top-ten players, including former world number one Jelena Janković, along the way. As a consequence, she broke into the top 40 for the first time in her career.
Bencic is coached by her father, who emigrated to Switzerland from Czechoslovakia in 1968, as well as Melanie Molitor, the mother of former fellow Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis, on occasion.
- Early career 1.1
- 2012: WTA tour debut 1.2
- 2013: Junior number 1 1.3
- 2014: Breakthrough, top 50, and first Grand Slam quarterfinal 1.4
WTA finals 2
- Singles (0–1) 2.1
ITF finals 3
- Singles (2–1) 3.1
- Doubles (2–1) 3.2
Grand Slam performance timeline 4
- Singles 4.1
- Doubles 4.2
Fed Cup participation 5
- Singles 5.1
- Doubles 5.2
Junior Grand Slam finals 6
- Girls' Singles 6.1
- Girls' Doubles 6.2
- References 7
- External links 8
Bencic began playing at the age of 4, learning at Melanie Molitor's tennis school, and began training with Molitor on a daily basis from age 7. She also spent six months training at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida.
2012: WTA tour debut
Bencic kicked off her 2012 season by winning two back-to-back G18 ITF tournaments in the Czech Republic, dropping not a single set in the former and only one in the latter. She then qualified for and reached the quarterfinals of a professional $10,000 ITF event in Leimen, Germany, losing to eventual finalist Tereza Smitková. Two months later, in April, she headed to the United States for a G18 ITF in California, where she lost in the third round to Allie Kiick. The following week, Bencic played a $25,000 ITF tournament in Pelham, Alabama, losing to the former Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson during qualifying. Then, she returned to the junior tour playing a G18 G1 tournament in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. Seeded seventh, she breezed through all her matches, losing only one set in the second round. The following week, Bencic won her fourth title of the year at a G18 G2 in Italy, once again dropping one set. However, her amazing run was ended the following week in the semifinals of another G2 in Italy.
Later in May, Bencic received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the WTA Brussels Open. In the first round of qualifying, she stunned the tennis world by knocking out former top-20 player Elena Bovina in three sets. She was eliminated in the second round of qualifying by Lesia Tsurenko, but her win over Bovina boosted her ranking up 189 places to a career high of world number 951.
Bencic's next tournament was the junior French Open in Paris. As the fifteenth seed, she was stunned in the first round by unseeded Françoise Abanda in two tie breaks. Less than a month after her disappointing loss at the French Open, she headed to 's-Hertogenbosch for another WTA tournament, the UNICEF Open. However, she was defeated by top qualifying seed Urszula Radwańska.
The following week, Bencic played her Wimbledon warm-up tournament, the G18 G1 Aegon International in Roehampton. She reached the semifinals, defeating top junior players such as Indy de Vroome and Sachia Vickery, before being defeated by future Wimbledon girl's champion Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. At Wimbledon, she again suffered a disappointing early stage singles loss to Indy de Vroome in round two, but reached the final in doubles.
A few weeks later, Bencic headed home to Switzerland to play the prestigious G18 G1 European Junior Championships. Seeded second and the home favourite, she made it to the semifinals, losing to Başak Eraydın. A month later, she travelled to Canada for another G1 tournament, the Canadian Open Junior Championships, a warm-up for the US Open. She reached the third round, losing to Jeļena Ostapenko, despite taking the first set to love. At the US Open, Bencic once again failed to make an impression at a Grand Slam, losing in the second round to wildcard and eventual champion Samantha Crawford in three tough sets. However, she had better results in doubles, reaching the final alongside Petra Uberalová, before losing to home favourites Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend.
After the US Open, Bencic took a two-week break before returning to the pro circuit at a $10,000 ITF event in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. In the first round, she crushed the top seed of China, Lu Jiajing. In the next two rounds, she breezed past two qualifiers to advance to her first professional semifinal, where she defeated fourth seed Barbara Haas of Austria to advance to the final. She claimed her first professional title by defeating second seed Fatma Al Nabhani. She also won the doubles tournament in Egypt partnering Lou Brouleau. The following week, Bencic continued her amazing run on the pro circuit by winning another $10,000 ITF tournament in Sharm el-Sheikh, defeating Haas again, but this time in the final. She lost only one set in the whole tournament, and her ashtonishing performance in Egypt boosted her ranking 170 places to world number 722, a career high.
Bencic was then granted a wildcard into the main draw of the Luxembourg Open, where she faced former world number one Venus Williams in the first round, losing in straight sets. Williams went on to win the tournament. This WTA main draw debut once again raised her ranking significantly, 108 places to world number 614.
Bencic then progressed through qualifying to take a place in the main draw at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Benicarló, Spain, where she lost in the first round to Dinah Pfizenmaier. After this, she completed her 2012 season with a stellar display of junior tennis in North America, reaching the semifinals of Eddie Herr, a Grade 1 event in Florida, reaching the quarterfinals of the Dunlop Orange Bowl, and winning the Grade A Abierto Juvenil in Mexico, with a record six to-love sets throughout the tournament. These included two "double bagels".
2013: Junior number 1
Bencic played the first ten tournaments of her 2013 campaign in the United States. All but one were ITF $25,000 or $50,000 events, with the exception of the 2013 Sony Open, where she lost in qualifying as a wildcard entry. Her best result was a quarterfinal appearance in Rancho Mirage, but her big break came at the 2013 Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic during the final week of April; she qualified for the tournament with the loss of just one set, before upsetting top seed Tatjana Maria with a surprisingly one-sided first-round win. She proceeded to the semifinals with three-set wins over Americans Shelby Rogers and Jan Abaza, but was then defeated by eventual champion Petra Rampre. This performance boosted her ranking 81 places to world number 351.
Next, Bencic flew to Europe for her junior French Open and Wimbledon campaigns. Her first tournament was a Grade 1 tournament in Italy, a warm-up for the French Open. Playing her first junior tournament of the year, she breezed to the singles title as the top seed with the loss of only one set and reached the semifinals in doubles alongside Viktoriya Lushkova. The following week, she played a Grade A tournament, also in Italy, and showed no signs of deteriorating form when she snatched the title with the loss of just one set, boosting her junior ranking to a career high of world number 2.
Bencic was seeded second at the French Open. In the first two rounds, she defeated Alice Matteucci and Fiona Ferro without losing a set, but was pushed to three-set matches by Beatriz Haddad Maia, Taylor Townsend, and Louisa Chirico en route to her first Grand Slam singles final. The final was a one-sided affair, as she defeated Antonia Lottner from Germany in straight sets in a little over an hour to win her maiden Grand Slam, becoming the first Swiss girl since Martina Hingis in 1994 to be victorious at the Roland Garros junior tournament.
Prior to Wimbledon, Bencic played a senior ITF $25,000 event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland (where she was singles semifinalist and doubles champion, alongside Kateřina Siniaková) and a junior Grade 1 at Roehampton (which she won in singles). She then went on to capture the Wimbledon title, defeating Townsend in the final, to crown a successful summer.
At the US Open, Bencic reached the quarterfinals in singles, losing to Antonia Lottner in straight sets. In doubles, partnering Sara Sorribes Tormo, she was more successful, but again, for the second year running, was defeated in the final, losing in straight sets to the Czech pairing of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková.
Bencic received a wildcard into the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open, a Premier 5 tournament. She won her first match on the WTA tour, defeating the Russian qualifier, Daria Gavrilova, in three first-round sets, but lost to eventual champion Petra Kvitová in the second round. At the HP Open in Osaka, Bencic went through three rounds of qualifying, defeating Chang Kai-chen, Mandy Minella, and Anastasia Rodionova to qualify for the main draw. There, she beat Lauren Davis in straight sets before bowing out to former US Open champion Samantha Stosur.
Bencic then remained in Japan for two $25,000 ITF tournaments. At the first one, held in Makinohara, she was the sixth seed, beating four Japanese players to advance to her first $25,000 ITF singles final, losing to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. In doubles, she and partner Sofia Shapatava lost in the quarterfinals. The following week in Hamamatsu, Bencic was seeded fourth. She advanced to the semifinals without the loss of a set, where she was defeated by Eri Hozumi. In doubles, she and Shapatava advanced to the final, where the unseeded duo lost to the second seeds Shuko Aoyama and Junri Namigata in straight sets.
In November, Bencic played at the Dunlop World Challenge, where she reached the semifinals in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles. Her strong performance improved her world ranking to a new high of number 184.
In December, Bencic was pronounced ITF Junior World Champion.
2014: Breakthrough, top 50, and first Grand Slam quarterfinal
Bencic started her season in Hobart with an exhibition match against fellow Swiss and former world number 1, Martina Hingis, but lost in three sets. She next headed to Melbourne for the Australian Open, making it through three rounds of qualifying to earn her first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam tournament, defeating top seed in qualifying and world number 106 Sharon Fichman in the process. Her opponent in the first round was veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, making this a meeting between the oldest and second-youngest players in the main draw. Bencic upset the former world number 4 and former Australian Open semifinalist in three sets to seal victory on her Grand Slam debut. Her opponent in round two was the fourth seed and eventual tournament champion Li Na, to whom she lost in straight sets. In spite of the outcome, as a result of her reaching the second round at her maiden Grand Slam, Bencic was guaranteed to enter the world's top 150 for the first time on 27 January 2014. She ultimately made it to number 146 in the world.
Following Australia, Bencic played in qualifying for the 2014 PTT Pattaya Open, defeating third seed Zarina Diyas in the first round, but losing to fifth seed Alla Kudryavtseva in the final qualifying round. Despite not having made the main draw, she rose to world number 139 the following week.
In February, Bencic was nominated for the Swiss Fed Cup team for their World Group II tie against France. She won both her singles matches in straight sets, defeating Alizé Cornet and Virginie Razzano, but lost the decisive fifth rubber in doubles, partnering Timea Bacsinszky, to Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic. At the end of the month, Bencic failed to qualify for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.
Bencic was granted a wildcard for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, but lost in the first round to British qualifier Heather Watson in straight sets. The appearance at Indian Wells, however, helped Bencic continue her rise up the rankings, as she reached a career high number 137.
At the 2014 Family Circle Cup, Bencic made it through the two qualifying rounds to earn a place in the main draw. In the first round, she had a remarkable win over tenth seed Maria Kirilenko, who she said she admired, "when I was younger, I had a poster on my wall of her, so it is very nice to win against her". She continued her streak at the tournament by defeating Marina Erakovic in the second round, and in the third round upset the highest-ranked teenager in the world, Elina Svitolina, in three sets, to reach her first WTA Tour quarterfinal. Bencic then achieved the biggest win of her career by defeating Sara Errani, the third seed and 2012 French Open finalist, on the green clay of Charleston. In the semifinals, Bencic lost to Jana Čepelová, who had beaten Serena Williams in the second round, in a third-set tiebreaker. Her long run in the tournament guaranteed her a place in the top 100 of the world rankings, peaking at world number 91, a position which could almost grant her a place in the main draw of the 2014 French Open.
Later in April, Bencic played for Switzerland in their Fed Cup World Group II play-off, helping them to a 4–1 win over Brazil by winning one of her two singles rubbers and the dead doubles rubber with Viktorija Golubic.
In May, Bencic qualified for the main the draw at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open, where she lost to world number 1, Serena Williams, in straight sets. The next week she once again qualified for the main draw at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. In the opening round, she racked up another win over a top-25 player, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. In the second round, she played 12th seed Flavia Pennetta, losing in three sets. At the 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Bencic lost in the first round in straight sets to Mona Barthel.
Bencic began her grass-court season at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, winning her first-round match in straight sets over Donna Vekić, but losing to defending champion Daniela Hantuchová in the second round. She came through three rounds of qualifying for the 2014 Aegon International in Eastbourne, but lost to British wildcard Johanna Konta in the first round. At Wimbledon, she reached the third round of singles with wins over Magdaléna Rybáriková and Victoria Duval, before losing to Simona Halep in straight sets. Partnering Martin Kližan, she also reached the third round of mixed doubles, but was less successful in women's doubles, losing to eventual runners-up Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic with Bulgarian partner Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.
Bencic's summer hardcourt season got off to a slow start, losing in the first round of the Istanbul Cup to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki without winning a single game. She then received a wildcard for the Premier 5 tournament in Cincinnati, but once again lost her opening match, this time to Karin Knapp, also in straight sets. In New Haven, she won three back-to-back matches to qualify, but lost to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the first round in three sets having faced 39 break points in the match.
At the US Open, Bencic defeated Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets on her US Open debut, followed by a win over 31st seed Kurumi Nara in three sets. In the third and fourth rounds respectively, Bencic recorded the first top-10 wins of her career, defeating world number 7 Angelique Kerber of Germany, followed by a win over former world number 1 and ninth seed Jelena Janković in straight sets to become the youngest US Open quarterfinalist since her compatriot Martina Hingis in 1997. Her run was ended by unseeded Peng Shuai of China, but, as a result of her run to the last eight, Bencic entered the world's top 40 for the first time.
On 17 November 2014 Bencic was named the WTA's Newcomer of the Year, receiving 56 out of a possible 58 media votes as well as 46% of the public fan vote. She ended the year ranked world no. 33.
|Runner-up||1.||6 October 2014||Tianjin Open, Tianjin, China||Hard||Alison Riske||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||17 September 2012||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Fatma Al-Nabhani||6–3, 7–6(7–4)|
|Winner||2.||24 September 2012||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Barbara Haas||6–4, 6–0|
|Runner-up||1.||14 October 2013||Makinohara, Japan||Grass||Zarina Diyas||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||17 September 2012||Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Lou Brouleau||
|7–6(7–3), 3–6, [10–6]|
|Winner||2.||17 June 2013||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||Clay||Kateřina Siniaková||
|Runner-up||1.||21 October 2013||Hamamatsu, Japan||Grass||Sofia Shapatava||
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Fed Cup participation
2014 Fed Cup
World Group II
|WG2||8 February 2014||Paris, France||France||Hard (i)||Alizé Cornet||W||7–5, 6–4|
|9 February 2014||Virginie Razzano||W||6–1, 6–1|
|P/O||19 April 2014||Catanduva, Brazil||Brazil||Clay||Paula Cristina Gonçalves||W||6–3, 6–3|
|20 April 2014||Teliana Pereira||L||3–6, 4–6|
2012 Fed Cup
World Group II
|WG2||5 February 2012||Granges-Paccot, Switzerland||Australia||Clay (i)||Amra Sadiković||
|WG2 P/O||22 April 2012||Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland||Belarus||Hard (i)||Amra Sadiković||
|W||6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), 7–5|
2014 Fed Cup
World Group II
|WG2||9 February 2014||Paris, France||France||Hard (i)||Timea Bacsinszky||
|P/O||20 April 2014||Catanduva, Brazil||Brazil||Clay||Viktorija Golubic||
Junior Grand Slam finals
|Winner||2013||French Open||Clay||Antonia Lottner||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||2013||Wimbledon||Grass||Taylor Townsend||4–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2012||US Open||Hard||Petra Uberalová||
|Runner-up||2013||US Open||Hard||Sara Sorribes Tormo||
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- "Schweiz schafft den Ligaerhalt".
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- "Bencic mit kurzem Gastspiel in Nürnberg".
- "Barthel im Nürnberg-Achtelfinale".
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- Official website
- Belinda Bencic at the Women's Tennis Association
- Belinda Bencic at the International Tennis Federation
- Belinda Bencic at the Fed Cup
ITF Junior World Champion
Newcomer of the Year