Belinda Bencic Announces Unfortunate News Hours Ahead of Clash With Shelby Rogers at Indian Wells 2021

Published 10/08/2021, 3:23 PM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 20, 2021 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic during the final match against Russia’s Ludmilla Samsonova REUTERS/Annegret Hilse


Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, who had a tough time to continue her winning momentum since the marquee event, has been looking to earn more points and stay in contention for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.

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Bencic, who lost to Emma Raducanu in the US Open quarter-finals, had also faced exits at the last eight stage in events post New York(Ostrava Open, Luxembourg Open, and Chicago Fall Tennis classic).

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Belinda Bencic withdraws from Indian Wells 2021 following knee injury

With the last big WTA 1000 of the year at Indian Wells, the Swiss star was expected to bounce back and regain the lost momentum. Unfortunately, Bencic announced a last minute withdrawal from the tournament.

The Swiss tennis player was due to play the American Shelby Rogers in the second-round of the BNP Paribas Open. Owing to her sudden withdrawal, lucky loser Kristina Kucova will take her spot and play Shelby Rogers in the second round.

It has been a mixed year in terms of results for Belinda Bencic as she fails to make it past the quarter-finals at any of the four slam events.

Bencic had mixed results this year with Tokyo Olypmics gold medal being a significant moment

Apart from the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics, the Swiss star managed to reach the finals at Adelaide International earlier this year. Bencic lost to Iga Swiatek in the final.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Gold medallist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Yara Nardi

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Even though the race to Guadalajara appeared almost impossible for the Swiss to crack, the Indian Wells withdrawal might just confirm her exclusion from the year-end event. Also, Bencic reached the finals of the grass court championships in Berlin, where she lost to Ludmilla Samsonova in three sets.

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Despite putting in decent performances, the Swiss star might have to finish the 2021 season without a WTA title but the Olympics gold medal might thrust her forward to more success in the 2022 WTA season.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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