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Belinda Bencic
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Bencic at the 2016 US Open
Full nameBelinda Bencic
Country (sports)  Switzerland
ResidenceWollerau, Switzerland
Born (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 21)
Flawil, Switzerland
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachVladimír Pláteník
Prize moneyUS$3,657,154
Career record200–116 (63.29%)
Career titles2 WTA, 2 WTA 125K, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 7 (22 February 2016)
Current rankingNo. 37 (22 October 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2016)
French Open2R (2015, 2018)
Wimbledon4R (2015, 2018)
US OpenQF (2014)
Career record43–36 (54.43%)
Career titles2 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 59 (1 February 2016)
Current rankingNo. 205 (24 September 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016)
French Open3R (2015)
Wimbledon2R (2014, 2015)
US Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (2014)
US Open1R (2015)
Team competitions
Fed Cup11–6
Hopman CupW (2018)
Last updated on: 26 September 2018.

Belinda Bencic (Slovak: Belinda Benčičová, pronounced [ˈbelinda ˈbent͡ʃit͡ʃoʋaː]; born 10 March 1997)[1] is a Swiss professional tennis player, and the current No. 1 ranked Swiss player. A former top 10 player, Bencic has won two singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour and reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 7 on February 22, 2016.

In 2012, Bencic made her debut for the Switzerland Fed Cup team.[2] The following year, she won the French Open and Wimbledon girls' singles titles.[3] Bencic also reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open, defeating two top-ten players along the way, including former world No. 1, Jelena Janković. This propelled her singles ranking into the top 40 for the first time in her career.

In 2015, Bencic won the Aegon International, her first singles title on the WTA Tour, beating Agnieszka Radwańska in the final. This caused her singles ranking to rise into the top 20. She won the biggest title of her career at the Rogers Cup the same year, beating four top-ten players Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, world No. 1 Serena Williams, and Simona Halep en route.


Bencic was born to Swiss parents of Slovak descent. Her father Ivan Benčič[1] is originally from Bratislava, and her mother Daniela ("Dana") is from Močenok. She has one brother, Brian.[4]

Early career[edit]

Bencic began playing tennis at the age of four, learning at Melanie Molitor's tennis school. She began training every day with Molitor, the mother of Martina Hingis, at age seven.[5] She also spent six months training at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida.[6]

2012: WTA Tour debut[edit]

Bencic kicked off her 2012 season by winning the G18 ITF tournaments in the Czech Republic, dropping no sets in the former and only one in the latter. She then qualified for and reached the quarterfinals of a $10,000 event in Leimen, Germany, losing to eventual finalist Tereza Smitková. Two months later, in April, she headed to the United States for a G18 ITF in California, where she lost in the third round to Allie Kiick. The following week, Bencic played a $25,000 tournament in Pelham, Alabama, losing to the former Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson during qualifying. Then, she returned to the junior tour playing a G18 G1 tournament in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. Seeded 7th, she breezed through all her matches, losing only one set in the second round. The following week, Bencic won her fourth title of the year at a G18 G2 in Italy, once again dropping one set. Her run, however, ended the following week in the semifinals of another G2 in Italy.

Later in May, Bencic received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the WTA Brussels Open. In the first round of qualifying, she defeated former top-20 player Elena Bovina in three sets. She was eliminated in the second round of qualifying by Lesia Tsurenko, but her win over Bovina improved her ranking 189 places to a career-high of world No. 951.

Bencic's next tournament was the junior French Open in Paris. As the 15th seed, she was upset in the first round by unseeded Françoise Abanda in two tie breaks. Less than a month after this loss, she headed to 's-Hertogenbosch to attempt to qualify for the main draw of another WTA tournament, the UNICEF Open. She was defeated there by the top seed in qualifying, Urszula Radwańska.

The following week, Bencic played her Wimbledon warm-up tournament, the G18 G1 Aegon International in Roehampton. She reached the semifinals, defeating the top junior players Indy de Vroome and Sachia Vickery before being defeated by future Wimbledon girl's champion Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. At Wimbledon, she again suffered a disappointing early stage singles loss to Indy de Vroome in round two, but reached the final in doubles.

A few weeks later, Bencic headed home to Switzerland to play the prestigious G18 G1 European Junior Championships. Seeded second and the home favourite, she made it to the semifinals, losing to Başak Eraydın. A month later, she travelled to Canada for another G1 tournament, the Canadian Open Junior Championships, a warm-up for the US Open. She reached the third round, losing to Jeļena Ostapenko, despite taking the first set to love. At the US Open, Bencic once again failed to impress at a Grand Slam juniors tournament, losing in the second round to wildcard and eventual champion Samantha Crawford in three tough sets. She had better results in doubles, however, reaching the final alongside Petra Uberalová before losing to home favourites Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend.

After the US Open, Bencic took a two-week break before returning to the pro circuit at a $10,000 ITF event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. In the first round, she crushed the top seed of China, Lu Jiajing. In the next two rounds, she breezed past two qualifiers to advance to her first professional semifinal, where she defeated fourth seeded Barbara Haas of Austria. She claimed her first professional title by defeating 2nd seeded Fatma Al-Nabhani. She also won the doubles tournament in Egypt with partner Lou Brouleau. The following week, Bencic continued her successful run on the pro circuit by winning another $10,000 tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, defeating Haas again, this time in the final. She lost only one set in the whole tournament, with her performance boosting her ranking 170 places to a career-high of world No. 722.

Bencic was then granted a wildcard into the main draw of the Luxembourg Open, where she lost in the first round in straight sets to former world No. 1 Venus Williams, in the first round, losing in straight sets.[7] Williams went on to win the tournament. This WTA main-draw debut once again raised her ranking significantly, by 108 places to world No. 614.

Bencic then progressed through qualifying to reach the main draw of the $25,000 tournament in Benicarló, Spain, where she lost in the first round to Dinah Pfizenmaier. After this, she completed her 2012 season with a successful display of junior tennis in North America, reaching the semifinals of Eddie Herr, a Grade-1 event in Florida, and the quarterfinals of the Dunlop Orange Bowl. She also won the Grade A Abierto Juvenil in Mexico, where she won six sets at love and two of her matches 6-0, 6-0 (a "double bagel").

2013: Junior No. 1[edit]

Bencic played the first ten tournaments of her 2013 campaign in the United States. All but one were $25,000 or $50,000 events, with the exception of the Sony Open, where she lost in qualifying as a wildcard entry. Her best result was a quarterfinal appearance in Rancho Mirage.

Her big break, however, came at the Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic during the final week of April. She qualified for the tournament with the loss of just one set, before upsetting top seeded Tatjana Maria in a one-sided first-round match. She proceeded to the semifinals with three-set wins over Americans Shelby Rogers and Jan Abaza, but was then defeated by eventual champion Petra Rampre. This performance boosted her ranking 81 places to world No. 351.

Next, Bencic flew to Europe for her junior French Open and Wimbledon campaigns. Her first tournament was a Grade 1 tournament in Italy, a warm-up for the French Open. Playing her first junior tournament of the year, she breezed to the singles title as the top seed with the loss of only one set and reached the semifinals in doubles alongside Viktoriya Lushkova. The following week, she played a Grade A tournament, also in Italy, and showed no signs of deteriorating form while winning the title with the loss of just one set. This boosted her junior ranking to a career high of world No. 2.

Bencic was seeded second in girls singles at the French Open. In the first two rounds, she defeated Alice Matteucci and Fiona Ferro without losing a set, but was pushed to three-set matches by Beatriz Haddad Maia, Taylor Townsend, and Louisa Chirico en route to her first junior singles final at a Grand Slam tournament.[8] The final was one-sided, as she defeated Antonia Lottner from Germany in straight sets in a little over an hour to win her first junior singles title at a Grand Slam tournament. She was the first Swiss girl to win this tournament since Martina Hingis in 1994.[9]

Bencic lifting the 2013 Wimbledon juniors trophy

Before Wimbledon, Bencic played a senior $25,000 event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland (where she was a singles semifinalist and doubles champion, alongside Kateřina Siniaková) and a junior Grade 1 at Roehampton (winning the singles title). She then went on to capture the Wimbledon junior singles title, defeating Townsend in the final.[10]

Bencic next appeared in competition at the Swedish Open on the WTA Tour, where she was awarded a main-draw wildcard entry before losing to Anna Tatishvili in the first round.[11]

Bencic at the 2013 US Open

At the US Open, Bencic reached the quarterfinals in girls' singles, where she lost to Antonia Lottner in straight sets. In girls doubles, she teamed with Sara Sorribes Tormo. For the second consecutive year, she lost in the final, this time in straight sets to the Czech pairing of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková.

Bencic received a wildcard into the main draw of the Toray Pan Pacific Open,[12] a Premier 5 tournament in Tokyo. She won her first match on the WTA Tour, defeating Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova in three first-round sets before losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitová in the second round. At the HP Open in Osaka, Bencic won three rounds of qualifying, defeating Chang Kai-chen, Mandy Minella, and Anastasia Rodionova, to reach the main draw. There, she beat Lauren Davis in straight sets before bowing out to former US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

Bencic then remained in Japan for two $25,000 tournaments. At the first one, held in Makinohara, she was the sixth seed and beat four Japanese players to advance to her first $25,000 singles final, losing to Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. In doubles, she and partner Sofia Shapatava lost in the quarterfinals. The following week in Hamamatsu, Bencic was seeded 4th. She advanced to the semifinals without the loss of a set, where she was defeated by Eri Hozumi. In doubles, she and Shapatava advanced to the final, where the unseeded duo lost to the 2nd seeds Shuko Aoyama and Junri Namigata in straight sets.

In November, Bencic played at the Dunlop World Challenge, a $75,000 event. She reached the semifinals in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles. Her performance improved her singles ranking to a new high of world No. 184.

In December, Bencic was pronounced ITF Junior World Champion.[13]

2014: Breakthrough, top 50, and first Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

Bencic started her season in Hobart, Australia with a three-set loss during an exhibition match against fellow Swiss and former world No. 1, Martina Hingis. She next headed to Melbourne for the Australian Open, making it through three rounds of qualifying to earn her first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam tournament, defeating top seed in qualifying and world No. 106, Sharon Fichman, in the process. Her opponent in the first round was veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, making this a meeting between the oldest and second-youngest players in the main draw.[14] Bencic upset the former world No. 4 and former Australian Open semifinalist in three sets to seal victory on her Grand Slam debut.[15][16] Her opponent in round two was the 4th seed and eventual tournament champion Li Na, to whom she lost in straight sets. In spite of the outcome, reaching the second round at her first Grand Slam tournament caused her ranking on 27 January 2014 to crack the top 150 for the first time, at world No. 146.

Following Australia, Bencic played in the qualifying for the Pattaya Open, defeating 3rd seed Zarina Diyas in the first round[17] but losing to fifth seed Alla Kudryavtseva in the final qualifying round.[17] Despite not having made the main draw, she rose to world No. 139 the following week.

In February, Bencic was nominated for the Swiss Fed Cup team for their World Group II tie against France. She won both her singles matches in straight sets, defeating Alizé Cornet[18] and Virginie Razzano, but lost the decisive fifth rubber in doubles, partnering Timea Bacsinszky, to Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic.[19][20] At the end of the month, Bencic failed to qualify for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.[21]

Bencic was granted a wildcard for the BNP Parabis Open in Indian Wells, but lost in the first round to British qualifier Heather Watson in straight sets. The appearance at Indian Wells, however, helped Bencic continue her rise up the rankings, as she reached a career-high world No. 137.

At the Family Circle Cup, Bencic made it through the two qualifying rounds to earn a place in the main draw. In the first round, she upset 10th-seeded Maria Kirilenko, who she said she admired, "when I was younger, I had a poster on my wall of her, so it is very nice to win against her".[22] She then defeated Marina Erakovic in the second round, and in the third round, pset the highest-ranked teenager in the world, Elina Svitolina, in three sets, to reach her first WTA Tour quarterfinal. Bencic then achieved the biggest win of her career by defeating Sara Errani, the third seed and 2012 French Open finalist, on the green clay of Charleston. In the semifinals, she lost to Jana Čepelová, who had beaten Serena Williams in the second round, in a third-set tiebreaker. Her long run in the tournament causes her ranking to crack the top 100 for the first time,[23] at world No. 91,[24] a position that almost guaranteed her a place in the main draw of the French Open.[24]

Later in April, Bencic played for Switzerland in their Fed Cup World Group II play-off, helping them to a 4–1 win over Brazil by winning one of her two singles rubbers and the dead doubles rubber with Viktorija Golubic.[25]

In May, Bencic qualified for the main the draw at the Madrid Open, where she lost to world No. 1, Serena Williams, in straight sets. The next week, she once again qualified for the main draw at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. In the opening round, she racked up another win over a top-25 player, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. In the second round, she lost to 12th seed Flavia Pennetta in three sets. At the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Bencic lost in the first round in straight sets to Mona Barthel. Ranked world No. 80, Bencic was granted a direct acceptance into the main draw of the French Open, losing to Venus Williams in the first round in straight sets.

Bencic began her grass-court season at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, winning her first-round match in straight sets over Donna Vekić, but losing to defending champion Daniela Hantuchová. She won three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, but lost to British wildcard Johanna Konta in the first round.[26] At Wimbledon, she reached the third round of singles with wins over Magdaléna Rybáriková and Victoria Duval, before losing to Simona Halep in straight sets. Partnering Martin Kližan, she also reached the third round of the mixed doubles, but was less successful in women's doubles with Bulgarian partner Tsvetana Pironkova, losing to eventual runners-up Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the second round.

Bencic's summer hardcourt season got off to a slow start, losing in the first round of the İstanbul Cup to eventual champion, Caroline Wozniacki, without winning a single game. She then received a wildcard for the Premier-5 tournament in Cincinnati, but once again lost her opening match, this time to Karin Knapp, also in straight sets. In New Haven, she won three back-to-back matches to qualify for the main draw, but lost to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the first round in three sets having faced 39 break points in the match.

At the US Open, Bencic defeated Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets on her US Open debut, followed by a win over 31st seeded Kurumi Nara in three sets. In the third and fourth rounds, respectively, Bencic recorded the first top-10 wins of her career,[27] defeating world No. 7, Angelique Kerber of Germany, followed by a win over former world No. 1 and 9th seed Jelena Janković in straight sets to become the youngest US Open quarterfinalist since her compatriot Martina Hingis in 1997. Her run was ended by unseeded Peng Shuai of China; but because she reached the quarterfinals, Bencic entered the world top 40 for the first time.

Bencic's first tournament after the US Open was the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo where she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round before losing in three sets to Lucie Šafářová. She also played doubles with Hingis at the event, but the pair lost in the quarterfinals to Cara Black and Sania Mirza. Bencic then qualified for the China Open in Beijing, losing to Ana Ivanovic in the first round. In her last tournament of 2014, Bencic reached her first WTA Tour final in Tianjin, where she lost in straight sets to fellow first-time finalist Alison Riske.

On 17 November 2014, Bencic was named the WTA's Newcomer of the Year, receiving 56 out of a possible 58 media votes as well as 46 percent of the public fan vote. She ended the year ranked world No. 33.[28][29]

2015: First WTA title and first Premier-5 title[edit]

Bencic started her 2015 campaign in poor form, winning only three games each in first-round losses to Daria Gavrilova in Sydney and Julia Görges at the Australian Open. After Switzerland's Fed Cup tie in Sweden, Bencic played at the Diamond Games in Antwerp, where she lost a three-set match to Alizé Cornet despite winning the first set comfortably.

Bencic earned her first WTA tour win of the year in Dubai over Karin Knapp, but lost easily to Venus Williams, and in Doha she failed to qualify.[30] She turned her form around in both Indian Wells and Miami, where she reached fourth round at both events. At Indian Wells, she beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets for her first win over a top-5 player, but lost to Jelena Janković, despite leading by a break in the third set. In Miami, she lost to Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

In the clay-court season, Bencic played six tournaments, but won just three matches. Three of her losses came against qualifiers.[31][32][33] In Prague, Bencic won her first doubles title alongside Kateřina Siniaková. One of these three wins on clay came at the French Open, where she beat Daniela Hantuchová, but she lost in the next round to Madison Keys in straight sets.

Bencic's grass-court season began at the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands, where she reached her second final. After saving three match points against Kristina Mladenovic, she defeated 2nd seed Jelena Janković in straights in the semifinal. In the final, Bencic lost in straight sets to Camila Giorgi. After a second-round loss in Birmingham, she won her first WTA title in Eastbourne, after wins over Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, and Agnieszka Radwańska in a three-set final.[34][35]

Bencic was seeded 30th at Wimbledon. She reached the fourth round for the first time, before losing to former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, in straight sets.

At the Citi Open, Bencic lost a second-round match to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova but recovered to win the doubles crown with Kristina Mladenovic without dropping a set the whole tournament. At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Bencic defeated Eugenie Bouchard in the first round. She then upset world No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, in straight sets, followed by former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki and former Roland Garros champion Ana Ivanovic, to advance to the semifinals where she faced world No. 1 Serena Williams. Bencic came from 5–5 and 0–40 down in the second set and failed to serve out the match twice in the third set, despite being two points away from the win multiple times. She eventually beat Williams to advance to her first Premier-5 final. The win made Bencic the first teenager since Sloane Stephens to beat Williams (2013 Australian Open), and it also made her the youngest player to beat Williams since Maria Sharapova (2004 WTA Tour Championships). She then beat Simona Halep in three sets when Halep retired down 0–3 in the third set to win the biggest title of her career. All six players she had beaten were either Grand Slam finalists (Wozniacki, Lisicki, Halep and Bouchard) or champions (Williams and Ivanovic).

At the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Bencic started out strong with wins over 11th seed Angelique Kerber and former top-10 player Flavia Pennetta to reach the third round, but was forced to retire after dropping the first set against 7th seed Lucie Šafářová.

Bencic competed at the US Open as the 12th seed. She easily beat Sesil Karatancheva in the first round, but survived a tough three setter against Misaki Doi in the second round, coming from a set and three match points down at 5–6 in the second set to advance to the third round where she lost to Venus Williams in straight sets, despite being up a break in the second set.

Bencic began her Asian hard-court swing at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She began her run with a double bagel win over Xu Yifan. She then beat Samantha Stosur in three sets and Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets to advance to the semifinals. She beat the top-seed Caroline Wozniacki for the fourth straight time in straight sets to advance to her fourth final of the year. There, she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets. Bencic next played at the Wuhan Open. She beat lucky loser Ajla Tomljanović in straight sets before retiring in the second round against Camila Giorgi. She then played at the China Open in Beijing. She beat Madison Brengle in three sets before withdrawing from her next match against Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. Bencic ended the year ranked world No. 14.

2016: Top-ten debut, injuries, and mixed results[edit]

Bencic began her season at the Brisbane International. She easily beat Sara Errani before being upset in the second round by American qualifier Samantha Crawford in straight sets. Bencic next played at the Apia International Sydney. She beat Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Ekaterina Makarova to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, she retired with an illness against Monica Puig after failing to win a single game in the first set. Bencic was seeded twelfth at the Australian Open. She made it to the fourth round with wins over Alison Riske, Tímea Babos, and Kateryna Bondarenko. In the fourth round, she lost to Maria Sharapova in straight sets.

Bencic was the top seed at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy. She made it to the final with wins over Annika Beck, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Daria Kasatkina. Because of her performance in St. Petersburg, Bencic ensured a place in the top 10 of the WTA rankings for the first time.[36] She was beaten, however, in straight sets by Roberta Vinci in the final.

Bencic suffered back-to-back losses against lower-ranked players, Jelena Janković and CoCo Vandeweghe, in Dubai and Doha, respectively.

After receiving a bye into the second round at the BNP Paribas Open, Bencic suffered a scare as she needed three sets to defeat Lauren Davis. She then fell to Magdaléna Rybáriková in three sets in the third round. She was forced to retire from her second-round match with Kristýna Plíšková at the Miami Open because of a lower back injury.

Bencic played her only clay court tournament at the Charleston Open. She was seeded second, but lost in the second round to qualifier Elena Vesnina in straight sets. Injuries kept her from playing the French Open and other clay tournaments.

She returned for the grass-court season at the Ricoh Open. Bencic entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. She overcame two three set matches in the first and second rounds. She followed this with a straight sets win over fellow Swiss player Viktorija Golubic in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, she lost to her good friend Kristina Mladenovic in three sets. Injury plagued her once again during the Aegon Classic when she was forced to retire in the first round because of a thigh strain. Bencic lost to Elena Vesnina for the second time this year in the second round of the Aegon International. At Wimbledon, Bencic beat grass specialist Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round. However, she was forced to retire during her second round match with qualifier Julia Boserup.

Apart from making the third round of the US Open, where she was beaten by Johanna Konta, Belinda struggled for the rest of the season, winning just one match - in Beijing against Annika Beck.

2017: Loss of form, injury break, and a promising comeback[edit]

After an injury-plagued year in 2016, Bencic failed to produce good results again in the first half of 2017. At the Australian Open, Bencic drew 2nd seed Serena Williams in the opening round and lost in straight sets to the eventual champion. Shortly after, Bencic returned to St. Petersburg, where she had reached the final in 2016, but lost her opening match to Daria Kasatkina in straight sets. The defeat meant she dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since April 2014. She then went on to lose in Mexico to AO 2017's semifinalist, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, in straight sets. Bencic was then signed on as a drawcard at the inaugural WTA tournament in Biel, but failed to get past the first round in singles or doubles.[37] Her ranking subsequently dropped to No. 199. Thereafter, Bencic did not play any tournaments for five months.

She returned to competition at the Neva Cup in Saint Petersburg, a $100,000 event. Advancing to the final with the loss of only one set against Anhelina Kalinina in the semifinals, she defeated Dayana Yastremska in straight sets for the title. The win marked Bencic's first tournament since 2015. She made her comeback at the WTA level in Linz, where she defeated Kirsten Flipkens and Lara Arruabarrena before dropping to Mihaela Buzărnescu in the quarterfinals. She ended the season on a high note winning back to back WTA 125K series tournaments in Hua Hin & Taipei and another ITF title in Dubai. Thanks to these results, she finished the season inside top 100, as No. 74.[38]

2018: Return to top 50[edit]

Belinda Bencic played for Switzerland at the 2018 Hopman Cup alongside Roger Federer. Switzerland won the tournament, defeating Germany in the final. Bencic won all her singles rubbers with the exception of the match against Angelique Kerber in the final. Federer and Bencic won all their doubles rubbers.

At the Australian Open, Bencic defeated the previous year's runner-up Venus Williams[39] but lost to qualifier Luksika Kumkhum in the next round.

Bencic reached the fourth round of Wimbledon after upsetting Caroline Garcia, the No. 6 seed, in the first round.[40] However, she was eliminated by eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets.[41] In the first round of the US Open, Bencic lost to fellow unseeded player Aliaksandra Sasnovich in a see-saw three-set match, 6-2, 1-6, 2-6.[42]

Bencic reached her first WTA final of 2018 on 20 October, where she faced top seed Julia Görges in the Luxembourg Open. Unable to win a single break of serve, Bencic was defeated in two close sets, 4-6, 5-7.[43]

Playing style and coaching[edit]

Bencic plays with a flatter forehand and a clean two-handed backhand. Her noticeable skill is her ability to take the ball "on the rise" and redirect hard cross-court balls into fast down-the-line shots.

In the past, Bencic has been coached by her father Ivan, who emigrated to Switzerland from Czechoslovakia in 1968,[2] and on occasion by Melanie Molitor,[3] the mother of fellow Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis. Marcel Niederer was her manager until October 2016.[44] She was briefly coached by Iain Hughes until a different approach towards the game made her find a new coach. Her current coach (since 2018) is Vladimír Pláteník.[45]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runners–up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–0)
Premier (1–2)
International (0–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2014 Tianjin Open, China International Hard United States Alison Riske 3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2015 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass Italy Camila Giorgi 5–7, 3–6
Win 1–2 Jun 2015 Eastbourne International, UK Premier Grass Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 6–4, 4–6, 6–0
Win 2–2 Aug 2015 Rogers Cup, Canada Premier 5 Hard Romania Simona Halep 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 3–0 ret.
Loss 2–3 Sep 2015 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Premier Hard Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 2–6, 2–6
Loss 2–4 Feb 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Russia Premier Hard (i) Italy Roberta Vinci 4–6, 3–6
Loss 2–5 Oct 2018 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i) Germany Julia Görges 4–6, 5–7

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 May 2015 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
6–2, 6–2
Win 2–0 Aug 2015 Citi Open, United States International Hard France Kristina Mladenovic Spain Lara Arruabarrena
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
7–5, 7–6(9–7)

WTA 125 Series finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2017 Hua Hin Championships, Thailand 125K Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei 6–3, 6–4
Win 2–0 Nov 2017 Taipei Challenger, Taiwan 125K Carpet (i) Netherlands Arantxa Rus 7–6(7–3), 6–1

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner–up)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (5–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2012 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard Oman Fatma Al-Nabhani 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Win 2–0 Sep 2012 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard Austria Barbara Haas 6–4, 6–0
Loss 2–1 Oct 2013 ITF Makinohara, Japan 25,000 Grass Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas 3–6, 4–6
Win 3–1 Sep 2017 ITF Saint Petersburg, Russia 100,000 Hard (i) Ukraine Dayana Yastremska 6–2, 6–3
Win 4–1 Dec 2017 ITF Dubai, UAE 100,000 Hard Croatia Ajla Tomljanovic 6–4, ret.
Win 5–1 Nov 2018 ITF Las Vegas, USA 80,000 Hard United States Nicole Gibbs 7–5, 6–1

Doubles: 5 (3–2)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
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$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 17 September 2012 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard France Lou Brouleau Poland Olga Brózda
Ukraine Ganna Piven
7–6(7–3), 3–6, [10–6]
Winner 2. 17 June 2013 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková Russia Veronika Kudermetova
Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 21 October 2013 Hamamatsu, Japan Grass Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Junri Namigata
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 22 September 2017 Saint Petersburg, Russia Hard Slovakia Michaela Hončová Russia Anna Blinkova
Russia Veronika Kudermetova
3–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 28 October 2017 Poitiers, France Hard Belgium Yanina Wickmayer Romania Mihaela Buzarnescu
Germany Nicola Geuer
7–6(9–7), 6–3

Performance timeline[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Overall Win–Loss: WTA Tour main draw (incl. Grand Slams), Olympics and Fed Cup World Group


Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 1R 4R 1R 2R 0 / 5 5–5
French Open A A 1R 2R A A 2R 0 / 3 2–3
Wimbledon A A 3R 4R 2R A 4R 0 / 4 9–4
US Open A A QF 3R 3R A 1R 0 / 4 8–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 7–4 6–4 6–3 0–1 5–4 0 / 16 24–16
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Fed Cup WG2 A WG2 PO SF SF 0 / 2 7–2
WTA Premier Mandatory / Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Opens[1] A A A 2R 2R A A 0 / 2 1–2
Indian Wells Open A A 1R 4R 3R 2R 2R 0 / 5 5–5
Miami Open A A Q1 4R 2R 1R A 0 / 3 3–3
Madrid Open A A 1R 1R A A A 0 / 2 0–2
Italian Open A A 2R 1R A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Canadian Open A A A W A A A 1 / 1 6–0
Cincinnati Open A A 1R 3R 2R A Q1 0 / 3 2–3
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Opens[2] A 2R A 2R 1R A 1R 0 / 3 2–3
China Open A A 1R 2R 2R A 1R 0 / 3 2–2
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 3 17 23 21 8 3 74
Titles 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Finals 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 6
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 2–3 18–18 40–20 20–21 4–9 7–9 85–73
Year-end ranking 626 212 33 14 42 74 $3,193,154


  • 1 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Total Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status.
  • 2 In 2014, the Toray Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.


Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 3 1–3
French Open A 3R A A 0 / 1 2–1
Wimbledon 2R 2R A A 0 / 2 2–2
US Open 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 1–2 3–4 1–2 0–1 0–0 0 / 9 5–9
Career statistics
Titles 0 2 0 0 0 2
Finals 0 2 0 0 0 2
Year-end ranking 208 68 215 269

Record against top-10 players[edit]

Player Record W% Hard Clay Grass Last Match
No. 1 ranked players
Germany Angelique Kerber 3–1 75% 3–0 0–0 0–1 Lost (6–3, 7–6(7–5)) at 2018 Wimbledon Championships
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 4–3 57% 3–3 0–0 1–0 Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2018 Beijing
Serbia Jelena Janković 2–2 50% 1–2 0–0 1–0 Lost (6–4, 5–7, 4–6) at 2016 Dubai
Romania Simona Halep 1–1 50% 1–0 0–0 0–1 Won (7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 3–0r) at 2015 Toronto
Serbia Ana Ivanovic 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6-4, 6-2) at 2015 Canadian Open
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6, 4–6) at 2018 Tokyo
United States Serena Williams 1–2 33% 1–1 0–1 0–0 Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2017 Australian Open
United States Venus Williams 1–4 20% 1–3 0–1 0–0 Won (6–3, 7–5) at 2018 Australian Open
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Lost (2–6, 3–6) at 2015 Wimbledon
Russia Maria Sharapova 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 5–7) at 2016 Australian Open
No. 2 ranked players
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–3, 6–0) at 2014 Tokyo
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 1–1 50% 0–1 0–0 1–0 Lost (2–6, 2–6) at 2015 Tokyo
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (5–7, 4–6) at 2013 Tokyo
China Li Na 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (0–6, 6–7(5–7)) at 2014 Australian Open
No. 3 ranked players
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–7(7–4), 6–4, 6–1) at 2014 Charleston
United States Sloane Stephens 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 7–6(7–5)) at 2015 Miami
No. 4 ranked players
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–4, 4–6, 6–3) at 2014 Australian Open
Australia Samantha Stosur 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 Won (6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4) at 2015 Tokyo
United Kingdom Johanna Konta 1–2 33% 0–1 0–0 1–1 Lost (2–6, 1–6) at 2016 US Open
No. 5 ranked players
Canada Eugenie Bouchard 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–0, 5–7, 6–2) at 2015 Toronto
Italy Sara Errani 2–0 100% 1–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–2) at 2016 Brisbane
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 2–1 67% 1–0 1–0 0–1 Won (6–3, 6–3) at 2015 French Open
Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 6–3, 1–6) at 2018 Indian Wells
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 Lost (2–6 ret.) at 2015 Cincinnati
No. 6 ranked players
France Caroline Garcia 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 Won (7–6(7–2), 6–3) at 2018 Wimbledon
Italy Flavia Pennetta 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 0–0 Won (6–1, 6–4) at 2015 Cincinnati
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 1–1 50% 0–0 0–1 1–0 Won (6–1, 7–6(7–3)) at 2018 Wimbledon
No. 7 ranked players
United States Madison Keys 1–1 50% 0–0 0–1 1–0 Won (6–2, 6–2) at 2015 Eastbourne
Italy Roberta Vinci 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2016 St. Petersburg
No. 8 ranked players
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 Won (6–0, 2–6, 6–4) at 2016 Sydney
No. 9 ranked players
Germany Andrea Petkovic 2–1 67% 2–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 6–2, 6–7(8–10)) at 2018 Washington DC
United States CoCo Vandeweghe 1–2 33% 0–2 1–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 2–6) at 2016 Doha
Netherlands Kiki Bertens 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 6–4, 2–6) at 2018 Wuhan
No. 10 ranked players
Russia Maria Kirilenko 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 Won (6–1, 7–5) at 2014 Charleston
Germany Julia Görges 1–2 33% 0–2 1–0 0–0 Lost (4–6, 5–7) at 2018 Luxembourg
France Kristina Mladenovic 1–2 33% 0–1 0–0 1–1 Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2017 Fed Cup
Total 37–40 48% 22–30 6–5 9–5

Top-10 wins[edit]

Season 2014 2015 2016 2018 Total
Wins 2 8 1 2 13
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 7 US Open Hard 3rd round 6–1, 7–5
2. Serbia Jelena Janković No. 10 US Open Hard 4th round 7–6(8–6), 6–3
3. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 5 Indian Wells Masters Hard 3rd round 6–4, 6–4
4. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 5 Eastbourne International Grass Semifinals 3–0r
5. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 5 Canadian Open Hard 2nd round 7–5, 7–5
6. Serbia Ana Ivanovic No. 6 Canadian Open Hard Quarterfinals 6–4, 6–2
7. United States Serena Williams No. 1 Canadian Open Hard Semifinals 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
8. Romania Simona Halep No. 3 Canadian Open Hard Final 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 3–0 ret.
9. Spain Garbiñe Muguruza No. 8 Toray Pan Pacific Open Hard Quarterfinals 7–6(7–1), 6–1
10. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki No. 6 Toray Pan Pacific Open Hard Semifinals 6–2, 6–4
11. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 2 Fed Cup, Leipzig Hard (i) Quarterfinals 7–6(7–4), 6–3
12. United States Venus Williams No. 5 Australian Open Hard 1st round 6–3, 7–5
13. France Caroline Garcia No. 6 Wimbledon Grass 1st Round 7–6(7–2), 6–3

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Girls' Singles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2013 French Open Clay Germany Antonia Lottner 6–1, 6–3
Winner 2013 Wimbledon Grass United States Taylor Townsend 4–6, 6–1, 6–4

Girls' Doubles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2012 Wimbledon Grass Croatia Ana Konjuh Canada Eugenie Bouchard
United States Taylor Townsend
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2012 US Open Hard Slovakia Petra Uberalová United States Gabrielle Andrews
United States Taylor Townsend
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2013 US Open Hard Spain Sara Sorribes Tormo Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
3–6, 4–6


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External links[edit]

Preceded by
United States Taylor Townsend
ITF Junior World Champion
Succeeded by
United States CiCi Bellis
Preceded by
Canada Eugenie Bouchard
WTA Newcomer of the Year
Succeeded by
Russia Daria Gavrilova