In their first ever meeting a year or so ago Caroline Wozniacki gave Belinda Bencic a bit of a tennis lesson in Istanbul as the Dane defeated the Swiss teenager 6-0 6-0 on her way to winning the title however this year there has been a complete turnaround. Right now Bencic leads the head to head against Wozniacki at 4-1 with her fourth victory of the season against her in Tokyo.
Their first meeting of the year was at Indian Wells with Bencic winning 6-4 6-4 however their next meeting on the grass in Eastbourne was even more straight forward for the teenager with her spending less than 20 minutes on court and 3-0 up before Wozniacki retired with an injury. Toronto was their next meeting where Bencic won the title and defeated Wozniacki in the second round in what was an incredible week for Bencic defeating six Grand Slam finalists in a row including Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Simona Halep!
I didn’t really think there was much to separate Bencic and Wozniacki in the first set in Tokyo despite Bencic winning it 6-2. They both hit a few aces, zero double faults, Bencic hit three more winners and one more unforced error but the most important statistics were the break points won which were 0/2 for Wozniacki but 2/6 for Bencic as well 6/7 on net points for Bencic and only 3/7 for Wozniacki.
The second set was quite close again. I always felt like Bencic had control but Wozniacki just couldn’t find a breakthrough only converting 1 break point during the whole match. Bencic won the match with a hold to love after a volley at the net at 40-0 from Wozniacki sealed the match hitting it long. I think 6-2 6-4 is harsh on Wozniacki but that it what happens if you don’t take your chances, there was hardly anything in it with Bencic winning 33/60 points in the match just six more than Wozniacki won.