‘Not Used to Players That Young’- Belinda Bencic on WTA 500 Adelaide Semi-Final Against Coco Gauff

Published 02/25/2021, 8:20 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in action during her second round match against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Belinda Bencic has defeated Australian Storm Sanders and reached the semifinals of WTA 500 Adelaide International. Moving forward, the Swiss professional will meet 16-year-old American Coco Gauff in the next round.

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After a disappointing run at the Australian Open 2021, Belinda came to Adelaide with a renewed spirit. Her nerves found settled in quickly, and she was enjoying her tennis more than anything.

She overcame the Australian force Storm Sanders in two straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Throughout their match, World No. 12 kept her cool and executed every game with perfection.

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Belinda Bencic and Storm Sanders put on an incredible display

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in action during her first-round match against Lauren Davis of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Although the final scoreline suggests a one-sided affair, both played incredibly well. From Bencic’s confident winners to Storm’s crazy cross-court deliveries, the crowd got their money’s worth in two sets.

However, the Swiss professional was playing with ultimate finesse to which her opponent had no answers. That is how Belinda Bencic got the crowd cheering for her despite a home contingent present on the court.

She won the first set without any argument and comfortably set forth to book her berth next to American teenage sensation Coco Gauff.

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Belinda Bencic is not used to playing young players like Coco Gauff

In the second set of the quarterfinals, Sanders showed a glimmer of her talent with her racket. Undoubtedly, she served and also challenged the Swiss professional to an extent.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Coco Gauff of the United States of America plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first-round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Belinda, however, had found her lost rhythm coming into this match. With her laser-focussed concentration, she hit some beautiful winners to halt the Australian player.

At last, Belinda served for the match, and at 5-4, 40-30, she converted her set point, forcing Storms to make an error. In her on-court interview, the Swiss professional opened up on the prospect of facing a younger opponent.

“I am used to playing younger players now but not that young. So, it will be a cool experience,” she said.

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Coco won her fifth straight match in five days, including four three-set matches.

About her plans to meet the American teenager in the semifinals, Belinda said, “I haven’t really thought about it yet. Of course, she is a great player, it’s going to be a very good match. She has amazing results for how young she is.”

It should be an amazing clash between the two talented and young tennis players. Belinda and Coco will fight to book a place in the final against the winner between Iga Swiatek and Jil Teichmann.

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