Belinda Bencic believes in the dream of qualifying for the WTA Finals 2021, this year on stage in Guadalajara (which replaces Shenzhen excluded along with the cancellation of the entire Asian tour due to Covid). The chances are very small for the Swiss – currently number 17 of the Race and retired from Indian Wells even before starting – but she will try at all costs.
The climatic conditions, among other things, are completely different, but Bencic, for her part, said she was willing to play even if the tournament was held on the Moon, such is her desire to attend the event.
She said: “I would be very happy to finish in the top eight in the Race. Played the last WTA Finals in Shenzhen I found very special conditions. It was the slowest pitch I’ve ever played on. If I get to Guadalajara it will probably be the highest altitude I have ever played at, so it will just be different. We are tennis players. We always have to adapt to different conditions. Each week might look very similar on TV, but it doesn’t. We are used to always having to adapt.”
Last month, coach Craig Tyzzer harshly criticized the choice of the location to host the WTA Finals, revealing that the number 1 Ashleigh Barty he coached could skip them due to the ridiculous conditions of Guadalajara.
“We just found out that he’s in Mexico at 1500 meters (above sea level) and they’re using no pressure balls. Balls without pressure fly absolutely. It is a ball that if you use it in normal conditions does not bounce. I mean, it’s not the best advertisement for the best girls in the world to play something they’ve never done before. In conditions they have never played in, in a country they don’t play in and at high altitudes, it just seems ridiculous to me. As a show, it’s just scary.”
Bencic thanks Roger Federer again
“I am delighted to have received such great support from a legend like Roger Federer. In general, he has always been a staple and a rock throughout my career. He never pulled back when I asked him questions or asked him for some advice,” said Bencic.
After a decent US Open, Belinda played in the Chicago tournament. The Swiss tennis player reached the quarterfinals, but her knee injury forced her to raise the white flag against Elena Rybakina. As for Federer, his exit from the Top 10 has become official.
Hubert Hurkacz’s access to the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells sanctioned the overtaking in favor of the Pole. Roger should finish the season around 18th place in the ATP ranking, waiting to see if and when he will be back in action.