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For the first time this season, Belinda Bencic had to leave the field as a loser on clay. The Swiss world number 13 lost to the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (WTA 10) after almost 2 hours 2: 6, 6: 3, 2: 6. Bencic had previously won both duels against Jabeur, most recently the final in Charleston.
Bencic had fought back after a poor start set and also won the second set thanks to a maximum percentage of saved breakballs (5/5). The decisive set started 1 hour late due to an interruption in the rain – and not at all to Bencic’s liking: She cashed in the break at the first opportunity and fell 0: 3 behind. The 25-year-old could no longer settle with this mortgage.
Missed jumps in the rankings
After reaching the quarter-finals in Madrid last year, Bencic will now lose a few points in the world rankings and will therefore no longer approach the top 10. The 13th in the WTA rankings can take the next leap forward next week at the 1000 tournament in Rome.
As the last Swiss, Jil Teichmann remains in the tableau. She will play her round of 16 final on Tuesday against Jelena Rybakina from Kazakhstan.
Radio SRF 3, afternoon bulletin, 2 May 2022, at 17.30; twu
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