“Trying to Get in Shape”: Belinda Bencic Shares Her Health Update

Published 02/24/2021, 1:26 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic leaves court after losing her third round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens REUTERS/Jaimi Joy REFILE – CORRECTING ID


After a disappointing exit at the Australian Open 2021, Swiss professional Belinda Bencic is up and running again. At present, she is in the Round of 16 of the WTA 500 Adelaide International.

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On the health front, the current World No. 12 felt out of her normal rhythm in Melbourne Park. As a result, the 18 seed Elise Mertens defeated her in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in the third round.

The score explained her performance, and even the 23-year-old confessed that she was not feeling up-to-the-mark tennis-wise. However, after almost a month of tennis, Bencic is starting to feel better.

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The 14-day quarantine at the Australian Open 2021 had a huge impact on many results, including Bencic’s. But that is in the past now, as the Swiss professional is gearing up for her next tournament of the season.

“Adelaide is such a special energy, I really like coming back here, and it’s super nice… I feel very comfortable here, and hopefully, I can win my first match and then so on,” Belinda said.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic receives medical attention during her second-round match against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Although much has not changed in terms of playing conditions, Bencic is getting accustomed to the environment. Indeed, the more time she spends on a tennis court, the sooner she will get back to being her best.

She continued, “First, really happy to be back playing. It’s not easy in this pandemic, so super grateful for that. It’s not the best conditions to play but still something so really happy. It feels actually very good to be on the court again and feel somewhat normal.”

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Belinda aims to play more tournaments in 2021

In the R16 stage in Adelaide, the second seed Belinda Bencic will meet Japan’s Misaki Doi. Since she is still fresh since the season has just started, the Swiss professional is planning to play much more in 2021.

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/Loren Elliott

“Trying to get in shape now, so tennis-wise and on the court, I feel better, but it takes a little bit more time… I will try to play as much tournaments as I can to get my match rhythm,” Bencic concluded.

"A special energy" 💫@BelindaBencic is buzzing to be back in Adelaide!#AdelaideTennis pic.twitter.com/FfyEfQxpOd

— wta (@WTA) February 23, 2021

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A long-term goal for Belinda this season would be to enter the WTA Top 10 rankings again. For that, she will need to start winning more matches.

To sum things up, the Swiss professional is looking more poised than she was in her last tournament. And carrying this confidence forward, Belinda will aim to make her comeback on the women’s tour.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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