Switzerland’s number one tennis player, Belinda Bencic, has not played much tennis this season. The last time she stepped on court was at the Australian Open when she fell short in the third-round. She withdrew herself from the French Open this year due to an injury she suffered on her right arm.
The former World No. 4 also pulled out of the US Open this year. She was a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows the previous year in 2019. Bencic hails from Switzerland and has partnered with Roger Federer in the past. The pair have won the Hopman Cup in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
With the threat of the coronavirus still looming large, players have been left clueless with regard to the way events are lined up for the coming season. Especially, the women’s calendar has been very uncertain.
Speaking on this issue, Belinda said, “Difficult to say why it worked better for the men. We also played many tournaments in China at the end of the year. That certainly didn’t help. But I understand the organizers that in this situation they think twice about the risk they want to take.”
The Swiss understands that there are many aspects to which the organizers and governing bodies need to look at before making any announcements. However, she does expect some clarity in the communication between the players and councils.
Bencic further stated, “I would like communication to improve and we players to be better informed. The situation is not easy for the WTA either. I understand. But it’s now the end of November and we still don’t know exactly how and where the tour will resume. That makes planning very difficult for us.”
Reflecting on her performances in the 2019 season, she won the 2019 Hopman Cup along with Federer. After which, she had her best performance in a Grand Slam, reaching the semi-finals.
Belinda then went on to win the Kremlin Cup. She also happened to win the WTA Comeback Player of the Year.
Bencic is ready to kick start the next season. She’s also interested in teaming up with Federer at the Olympic Games in 2021.