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Belinda Bencic
Nürnberger Versicherungscup 2014-Belinda Bencic by 2eight DSC1929.jpg
Bencic at the 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup
Full nameBelinda Bencic
Country  Switzerland
Born(1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 17)


Flawil, Switzerland
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$197,019
Singles
Career record78–38
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 71 (23 June 2014)
Current rankingNo. 71 (23 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2014)
French Open1R (2014)
Wimbledon3R (2014)
US Open
Doubles
Career record13–6
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 385 (16 June 2014)
Current rankingNo. 385 (16 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2014)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup5–3
Last updated on: 2 July 2014.
Belinda Bencic (Slovak: Belinda Benčičová; born 10 March 1997 in Flawil) is a Swiss tennis player of Slovak descent.

Bencic has won two singles and two doubles titles on the ITF tour. On 23 June 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 71. On 16 June 2014, she peaked at world number 385 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 Family Circle Cup, where she reached the semifinals as a qualifier, defeating three top-35 players along the way. As a consequence, she broke into the top-100 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 on occasion, the mother of former fellow Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis.

Bencic also holds Slovak citizenship; her father Ivan comes from Bratislava and her mother hails from Močenok.

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          Career

          Early career

          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

          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, the exception being the 2013 Sony Open, where she lost in qualifying under 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 and become the first Swiss girl since Martina Hingis in 1994 to be victorious at Roland Garros's junior tournament.



          Bencic lifting the 2013 Wimbledon juniors trophy
          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.

          Bencic next appeared in competition at the 2013 Swedish Open on the WTA Tour, where she was awarded with a main draw wildcard, but lost to Anna Tatishvili in the first round.



          Bencic at the 2013 US Open
          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 round two. 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. Here, 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 on the week of 14 October, 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 184.

          In December, Bencic was pronounced ITF Junior World Champion.

          2014: Breakthrough and top-100

          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 odds to defeat 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; but in spite of the outcome, as a result of her reaching the second round at her maiden Slam, Bencic was guaranteed to enter the world's top 150 for the first time when the rankings for 27 January 2014 were released. 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 acquired 12 WTA ranking points to peak at world number 139 the following week.

          In February, Bencic was nominated into the Swiss team for their World Group II tie away to France in Paris. She won both of 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 played in qualifying for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, defeating Olivia Rogowska and Johanna Konta in the first two rounds, only to lose to Victoria Duval in the qualifying competition.

          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 the 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 great streak at the tournament by defeating Marina Erakovic in round two, and in the third round upset the highest ranked teenager in the world, Elina Svitolina, in three sets, to reach her first ever 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 the 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 in the form of Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. In round two 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.

          Ranked 80th in the world, Bencic was granted a direct acceptance into the main draw of the 2014 French Open – Women's Singles, losing to Venus Williams in straight sets.

          ITF finals (4–2)

          Singles (2–1)

          Legend
          $100,000 tournaments
          $75,000 tournaments
          $50,000 tournaments
          $25,000 tournaments
          $15,000 tournaments
          $10,000 tournaments
          Finals by surface
          Hard (2–0)
          Clay (0–0)
          Grass (0–1)
          Carpet (0–0)
          OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
          Winner1.17 September 2012Sharm el-Sheikh 7, EgyptHardOman Fatma Al-Nabhani6–3, 7–6(7–4)
          Winner2.24 September 2012Sharm el-Sheikh 8, EgyptHardAustria Barbara Haas6–4, 6–0
          Runner-up1.14 October 2013Makinohara, JapanGrassKazakhstan Zarina Diyas3–6, 4–6

          Doubles (2–1)

          Legend
          $100,000 tournaments
          $75,000 tournaments
          $50,000 tournaments
          $25,000 tournaments
          $15,000 tournaments
          $10,000 tournaments
          Finals by surface
          Hard (1–0)
          Clay (1–0)
          Grass (0–1)
          Carpet (0–0)
          OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
          Winner1.17 September 2012Sharm el-Sheikh 7, EgyptHardFrance Lou BrouleauPoland Olga Brózda
          Ukraine Ganna Piven
          7–6(7–3), 3–6, [10–6]
          Winner2.17 June 2013Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandClayCzech Republic Kateřina SiniakováRussia Veronika Kudermetova
          Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča
          6–0, 6–2
          Runner-up1.21 October 2013Hamamatsu, JapanGrassGeorgia (country) Sofia ShapatavaJapan Shuko Aoyama
          Japan Junri Namigata
          4–6, 3–6

          Fed Cup participation

          Singles

          EditionStageDateLocationAgainstSurfaceOpponentW/LScore
          2014 Fed Cup


          World Group II
          WG28 February 2014Paris, FranceFrance FranceHard (i)France Alizé CornetW7–5, 6–4
          9 February 2014France Virginie RazzanoW6–1, 6–1
          P/O19 April 2014Catanduva, BrazilBrazil BrazilClayBrazil Paula Cristina GonçalvesW6–3, 6–3
          20 April 2014Brazil Teliana PereiraL3–6, 4–6

          Doubles

          EditionStageDateLocationAgainstSurfacePartnerOpponentsW/LScore
          2012 Fed Cup


          World Group II
          WG25 February 2012Granges-Paccot, SwitzerlandAustralia AustraliaClay (i)Switzerland Amra SadikovićAustralia Casey Dellacqua
          Australia Jelena Dokić
          L5–7, 4–6
          WG2 P/O22 April 2012Yverdon-les-Bains, SwitzerlandBelarus BelarusHard (i)Switzerland Amra SadikovićBelarus Darya Lebesheva
          Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich
          W6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), 7–5
          2014 Fed Cup


          World Group II
          WG29 February 2014Paris, FranceFrance FranceHard (i)Switzerland Timea BacsinszkyFrance Alizé Cornet
          France Kristina Mladenovic
          L5–7, 4–6
          P/O20 April 2014Catanduva, BrazilBrazil BrazilClaySwitzerland Viktorija GolubicBrazil Gabriela Cé
          Brazil Laura Pigossi
          W6–2, 6–2

          Grand Slam singles performance timeline

          Tournament2014W–L
          Australian Open2R1–1
          French Open1R0–1
          Wimbledon3R2–1
          US OpenN/A0–0
          Win–Loss3–33–3

          Junior Grand Slam finals

          Girls' Singles

          OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
          Winner2013French OpenClayGermany Antonia Lottner6–1, 6–3
          Winner2013WimbledonGrassUnited States Taylor Townsend4–6, 6–1, 6–4

          Girls' Doubles

          OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
          Runner-up2012WimbledonGrassCroatia Ana KonjuhCanada Eugenie Bouchard
          United States Taylor Townsend
          4–6, 3–6
          Runner-up2012US OpenHardSlovakia Petra UberalováUnited States Gabrielle Andrews
          United States Taylor Townsend
          4–6, 3–6
          Runner-up2013US OpenHardSpain Sara Sorribes TormoCzech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
          Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
          3–6, 4–6

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