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4. “The Master Vs the Apprentice” match

In January 2014, Bencic played an exhibition match with her childhood idol, Martina Hingis. The match was called as “The Master Vs the Apprentice” match. Bencic managed to take it to three sets but ended up on the losing side.

Belinda Bencic with her childhood idol, Martina Hingis
Belinda Bencic with her childhood idol, Martina Hingis

Belinda Bencic, the new ‘Swiss Miss’ of tennis, is often compared with her compatriot Martina Hingis. For this teenager, the comparison is nothing new. Ever since she started producing some good performances in the juniors circuit, the comparisons were inevitable.

Her style of play is quite similar to that of Martina, possibly because they both had the same coach, Martina’s mother. Both of them like to outsmart their opponent rather than muscling them out. However, the young Swiss is very clear about how far she actually is from Martina and her impeccable achievements. Belinda said:

“Achieving anything like her would be amazing. But I just focus on me and how I’m playing. I don’t want to be under pressure that I have to be like where she was at that age because it’s almost impossible now.”

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