The Swiss Belinda Bencic is in top form at the start of the new season. In Adelaide, she won the seventh tournament of her career on Saturday morning. For decades, the tennis industry saw her as the object of fulfilling her father Ivan’s sporting ambitions. He had openly reported on his Olympic dreams as an ice hockey player, according to a much-denied legend, even before his daughter was born, he decided that his daughter should pursue a career in tennis. For more interesting facts about Belinda Bencic, keep reading!
Who Is Belinda Bencic The Winner Of The Adelaide Tournament?
On Jan 13th it was Switzerland vs Russia:
Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Russia’s Daria Kasatkina qualified for the final of the WTA Adelaide 2 Tournament on Jan 13th after each withdrew from their opponents in the semi-finals.
Bencic, 13th in the world, was due to face Russian Veronika Kudermetova, 9th in the WTA rankings, but the latter withdrew before their meeting citing a problem with her left hip. Kasatkina, 8th in the world, experienced the same scenario as Bencic before her match against the Spaniard Paula Badosa (11th in the WTA) who couldn’t play on court due to a right thigh injury as the Australian Open kicked off on Monday.
The Swiss needed just 24 minutes on Jan 14th:
Less than 30 minutes for the first set against the 25-year-old world number eight from Russia.
In the final in Adelaide, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic (13th in the world) was expeditious in the final against the Russian Daria Kasatkina (8th), whom she beat 6-0, 6-2 in just over an hour to pocket the title in WTA 500 Adelaide 2 tournament on 14th January.
Bencic immediately took the serve from Kasatkina, who seemed disarmed before the power and length of the ball from the Swiss. The Russian won the first of her two one-sided games when she was already trailing 6-0, 2-0.
Bencic now has seven tournament wins in her career:
Thanks to this title, the seventh of her career on the circuit if we count the one won at the 2020 Olympics, Bencic, 25, ex-world No. 4, will return to the Top 10 on Monday in the next women’s world ranking. Most recently, she won the title at the Charleston WTA tournament last year.
Belinda has a younger brother who also plays:
Brian Bencic also plays tennis and was world number 484 in the ITF junior rankings in addition to being ranked as a top 200 junior in the world.
Since 2018, they are unforgettable, pictures of Belinda Bencic falling into her boyfriend Martin Hromkovic’s arms in the summer of 2021 when the now 25-year-old was crowned Olympic champion in Tokyo. The former footballer is Bencic’s friend, but also her fitness trainer and is at the root of their success.
Bencic says: “He’s the constant in my life that I’ve been missing for a long time – in private life and in sport. I felt from the start that Martin is the person I need.” A conversation about the balancing act between work and love life, about role models, and the question of what it’s actually like when your boyfriend is on the payroll.
Regardless, their relationship is a success for the tennis industry because since Martin Hromkovic and Belinda have been working together, the Olympic champion has been injured less often.
Since Tokyo, Belinda Bencic feel like she didn’t have to prove anything:
The Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic got rid of a lot of pressure with the gold medal in Tokyo where the Swiss won the individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. In doubles, she reached the final: silver medal (together with Viktorija Golubic).
“Since Tokyo, I’ve had the feeling that I don’t have to prove anything anymore,” she said in Berlin: “That’s good for me. My whole career I felt like I had to. I no longer feel pressure from expectations.
”With the Olympic victory, the Swiss woman, who also has Slovakian citizenship, emancipated herself from these suspicions. You don’t become an Olympic champion because your dad wants it. She is herself, she follows her own ambition. And she has by no means achieved all of her goals, she says.
Enthusiastic about sports from an early age, not only fixated on her own sporting activities from an early age, but also on the pictures of the champions, especially at the Olympic Games, she has internalized the motto of being there. “For me, not winning the Olympics, but being able to take part in the Olympics, is one of the greatest things you can achieve in sport,” she says: “That was a goal all my life. I watched the Olympics as a child, read about them and dreamed about them.”
At 16, she shines as the winner of Roland Garros and Wimbledon:
On June 8, Belinda Bencic won her first junior title in a Grand Slam tournament by winning the Roland-Garros final against the German Antonia Lottner. A month later, at Wimbledon, the young Swiss managed to confirm her feat; winning the tournament by defeating American Taylor Townsend in the final.
In 2011, at the age of 14, she entered the world rankings in 1078th place:
The young athlete won her first Swiss under-eighteen championships when she was only fourteen, then played her first Fed Cup match against Australia on February 4, 2012. Eight months later at the age of 15, she played her first WTA match where she discovered the WTA circuit during a confrontation against Venus Williams in the first round of the Luxembourg tournament. She lost against Venus Williams by 3:6 and 1:6.
Crazy tennis connections:
At the age of four, Belinda began to train occasionally at the tennis school run by Melanie Molitor, Martina Hingis’ mother. Belinda was only four years old at the time, but the high priestess of women’s tennis already saw an obvious talent in her.
Her father Ivan Bencic therefore decides to call on the financial power of one of his friends, former hockey player Marcel Riederer, in order to optimize his daughter’s progress. The former LHC player accepts without hesitation to join the crew of the Bencic ship.
When Belinda was six years old, the whole family traveled to Florida for six months. There she is allowed to make progress in the academy of star coach Nick Bolletieri.
She is often compared to Martina Hingis:
Both from Slovakia, these two champions grew up in the canton of Saint-Gall: in Flawil for Belinda and in Trübbach for Martina. They also both achieved the Roland-Garros / Wimbledon double under the leadership of Mélanie Molitor.
“Belinda manages her games to perfection, remains focused from start to finish and her tactical vision is above average. At this point in her career, I would say she is two years ahead of her age. She does not win her matches with strength, but with finesse. Belinda never backs down on the court, not hesitating to play half-volley like Martina Hingis before her. Behind her game, we feel the touch of Mélanie Molitor”, a keen eyed journalist said.When we watch Belinda play, we have the impression of seeing the former world number one again. However, Belina disagrees: “I am flattered, but I will never be a second Martina Hingis. I am the first Belinda Bencic!”