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Olympic champion, Swiss Miss, friend of Federer: Everything you always wanted to know about Belinda Bencic (but didn’t have time to find out) – updated ahead of Toronto
Belinda Bencic has followed in the footsteps of Martina Hingis to become one of Switzerland’s best players of all-time. She’s also great friends with Roger Federer. Read the answer to these 10 questions to get to know her better
Who is Belinda Bencic?
Belinda Bencic is a professional tennis player from Switzerland. She has had more than her share of injuries over the course of her career, but she is now most certainly one of the leading players in the world.
What did Belinda Bencic do at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021?
Belinda Bencic became the Olympic champion as she won the singles title in Tokyo, 2021. Her win over Marketa Vondrousova in the final made her only the second Swiss player to win Olympic gold in singles, following Marc Rosset in 1992.
Where was Belinda Bencic born?
Belinda Bencic was born in Flawil, Switzerland. She currently resides in Wollerau, Switzerland. She is of Slovak and Swiss heritage.
What is Bencic’s game style?
The Swiss is known for her ability to smother opponents by hugging the baseline and taking the ball early. She hits open stance forehands and backhands and has perfected the swinging drive volley. Over the years she has improved her strength and fitness so that she can play this style even better.
Who was Bencic’s first coach?
Bencic started working with Melanie Molitor, the mother of Swiss legend Martina Hingis, when she was three years old, and continued working with her until she was 19. From the age of six, she started daily training with Molitor, which lasted for a period of eight years.
Bencic is currently coached by her father, Ivan.
What did Bencic do as a teenager?
Bencic stormed to the quarterfinals at the US Open as a 17-year-old. During the run, she recorded the first two top ten victories of her career over No. 7 Angelique Kerber and No. 10 Jelena Jankovic to become the youngest quarterfinalist at the US Open since Hingis in 1997.
How many titles has Bencic won?
Bencic, as of August 2022, owns five WTA titles. She won Eastbourne and her biggest title at Toronto, where she defeated Serena Williams in the final, in 2015. In 2019 she won another big title in Dubai and also Moscow. In 2022, she also became the Charleston champion. Bencic has played in a total of 14 WTA finals as of August 2022.
What was Bencic’s biggest win?
This is a tough question. Bencic owns four wins over reigning No 1-ranked players, including three over Naomi Osaka, one of which came at the round of 16 at the 2019 US Open. But we’ll pick Bencic’s 3-6 7-5 6-4 victory over then No 1 Serena Williams in the 2015 Rogers Cup final.
Does Bencic get along with Roger Federer?
Bencic idolizes Swiss legend Roger Federer, but she does more than that. She’s also a good friend, confidante and teammate of the Swiss Maestro. Bencic and Federer teamed up to become the first duo to repeat as Hopman Cup champions in the event’s 31-year history in 2019.
Who is Bencic dating?
The Swiss has been dating her fitness trainer Martin Hromkovic since 2019.
What is Bencic’s career-high ranking?
Bencic topped out at No 4 in the world in February 2020.
Who was Bencic’s idol growing up?
Bencic, like so many, idolizes Roger Federer.
“Roger is so easy-going. He always has everything under control, which I saw first hand at the Hopman Cup,” Bencic said.