In 2014 a 17 year old Belinda Bencic made it to the fourth round of the US Open on her debut. Months after turning 18 Belinda made the fourth round of Wimbledon and then later in 2018 in Toronto she made her debut at the Rogers Cup and it was absolutely out of this world!
After battling past home favourite Eugenie Bouchard in the first round the new “Swiss Miss” continued her good form with a third win of 2015 against Caroline Wozniacki and former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.
Another major winner and top player in Ana Ivanovic was pretty much brushed aside after a close opening first set seeing off the 5th seed 6-4 6-2.
Next up was world number one Serena Williams.
Bencic went big from the start but the backhand was letting her down as she slipped to 1-3 behind. Serena extended that lead to 5-1 but was broken back herself before sealing the set 6-3 in 33 minutes.
The second set was very close to begin with and Bencic grew into the situation of being in a big semi-final. Belinda just didn’t go away and it was a fantastic performance from the teenager but there was some help along the way.
Serving at 3-4 and facing break point the world number one produced one of the highest one of the highest drop shots I ever saw and Belinda waltzed into the court and put away the forehand winner!
Serving at 5-3 Belinda was broken back but went onto seal the set following a double fault on break point from Serena!
I couldn’t believe what I was watching, Bencic was playing without fear and you see the tension building up in Serena. Her game unravelled and a wild forehand sealed a double break for the debutant.
Bencic picked up a lot of experience in Toronto but that third set was a massive test for her. A double break against Serena can mean nothing and she did fight back to 4-5 and back on serve.
This didn’t phase Belinda who continued to do what she was doing an orchestrated a match point for herself.
The backhand down the line set up the forehand at the net, she put it away, dropped her racket to the ground and her hands on her head in disbelief at what just happened!
The two had a lovely embrace and chat at the net following a memorable nights tennis.
How do you top that?
Easy, win your first title!
What a title to win!
It was incredible battle for two sets with Simona Halep winning the first set on the tie-break and losing the second on that too. Unfortunately the world number three and second seed Halep had to retire following a medical time out in the second set and couldn’t continue!
It was a phenomenal week from Bencic beating four top ten opponents and all six opponents she faced that week had been in a Grand Slam final!