Olympic champion, Swiss Miss, friend of Federer: 10 questions about Belinda Bencic

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.

Roger Federer et Belinda Bencic, Hopman Cup

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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 February 2021, owns four 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. Bencic has played in a total of eleven WTA finals as of February 2021.

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.

Belinda Bencic

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 of 2020. She begins 2021 with a ranking of 12.

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.

Bencic hopes to team with the Swiss legend at the 2021 Olympic Games. Here’s what she said about it in 2019, long before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“No, nothing has been decided yet, everything is still very far away for me. The Olympic Games remain one of my big goals – in singles and maybe also in mixed. If we stay healthy, I would like to compete with Roger.”

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