Belinda Bencic: When I become angry and upset it motivates me even more

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic can’t explain what makes her play so well when she puts on Swiss shirt but she is happy that she is representing her country on the best possible way. 

On Tuesday, Bencic beat former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 5-7 6-2 6-2 at the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Bencic’s win sealed victory for Switzerland over Germany as Viktoria Golubic beat Andrea Petkovic in the opening rubber. 

“I don’t know whether it is just the change of dress to red and white, but it brings out something special in my game,” said Bencic, per the Billie Jean King Cup website. 

“I don’t play for myself, I play for my teammates and my country and this is the biggest pride any athlete could have. I felt it the strongest at the Olympics to represent Switzerland. For me, it brings out the best in me and it is doing so here.”

Bencic extremely motivated to do well when she represented her country

“What can you have bigger in tennis than to play the biggest names on the biggest courts? It is what you work for and what I have worked for all my life,” added Bencic.

“For sure, in this moment, I don’t realise it but before and after I am very excited and it is my dream come true. I am looking forward to Thursday, we all are. We hear that it is sold out. The O2 Arena sold out, it cannot get better.

“I hope the atmosphere will be great. I hope this atmosphere will help us and I will use it. Even if they cheer for the opponent, it will help us to perform and to give our best.”

Bencic was unhappy after losing the first set to Kerber but she dominated the next two to seal a comeback win. 

“The first set was very tight and I got nervous at the end and didn’t use a lot of chances I had to break her, which was very upsetting,” said Bencic. “But I use it as motivation when I get angry and upset with myself, and I want to win even more. I kept fighting.”

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