It was less than a year ago when Belinda Bencic lost her Istanbul opener to Caroline Wozniacki 6-0 6-0, but as a player ranked 25 spots higher than in July 2014 in Istanbul, the world No.37 Swiss today recorded a big victory at Indian Wells, avenging the loss to Wozniacki with a straight set victory, 6-4 6-4. Bencic can start counting her Top 5 wins, this is #1.
Having just turned 18, Bencic is the youngest person still in the BNP Paribas Open draw, but that lack of experience was nowhere to be seen in her third-round match against Wozniacki. Bencic earned a 4-2 lead in the first set and even though Woz managed to level to 4-4, the young gun wasn’t discouraged and got her groove back to win two straight games and take the set. The second set went with serve until 4-4, when Bencic again took charge and eventually finished the job on her first match point. Woz committed 39 unforced errors in the match, to Bencic’s 25, while Bencic had one more winner than Woz, 21 to 20.
And let’s not forget to mention that Bencic is also looking great in the process. The blue Yonex stripes fit her perfectly, accentuating her athleticism and youth in a simple design. (photo: Jimmie48)