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Tears instead of Triumph for troubled Bencic

The calamity was impending at the WTA Final in Shenzhen in the first set, and at the beginning of the second, it is always obvious. the Belinda Bencic suffered, she was limping, holding the left foot, and threw desperate glances to her father Ivan and her boyfriend Martin Hromkovic. They had won the first set against Jelina Switolina in this semi-final, and deserve with a 7:5 after 53 minutes.

However, the last page in the passage, she had a medical Timeout. This is the back and hip were in the center of the treatment. The 22-year-old St. Galleries prevented but not to stop Switolina in the next Game for the second Time, the charge and the sentence.

Bencic wins the starting sentence after a spectacular point. Video: SRF

This was missing a set, to reach the tournament of the eight best of the year in the Final to secure $ 1.1 million in prize money in addition, and for the first time on the 6th rank venture – with the opportunity to heave on Sunday against the winner of the second semi-finals (Ashleigh Barty or Karolina Pliskova) for more 2,325 million dollars on the account. It should not be.

Switolina left after the start sentence of the Court, came back and breakte Bencic equal to 1:0, with their best return game. Shortly afterwards, it was obvious that Bencics main problem was now the right foot, the left, the page changes when the score was 1:2 short treat. Bencic tried with the courage of despair, the Tempo high and the ball short to keep.

"Can you support me?"

with The score 2:3 let your friend and fitness trainer to bring her a small Ball to massage the foot with it. The question now was, how long she could play with the pain even further. Bencic had already suffered in losing the first group match against Ashleigh Barty under the foot problems that at the time it was the left heel, had made her to create. Although runner limited, and she came against Switolina nevertheless, to further opportunities. But couldn't you use two break balls for 3:3 was 2:4.

Switolina was that you had to make in contrast to Bencic in the last few weeks, no special efforts, to reach the WTA Final. The 25-year-old Ukrainian came accordingly fresh to China, where they are in the semi-final until your 60. Single of the season riding the best, while for Bencic, already the 70. was.

When page change in the case of 3:4 followed by the next short treatment, with ice cream for the right thigh. Bencics Frustration about their condition, to the left, you hardly run properly, obviously, as she called to the audience: "Can you support me?", can you support me? She lost the next two Games with unusual errors, after 1:33 hours, the rate of compensation was a matter of fact. Switolina had come for the fourth Time in their Coach, while Bencic left the Court.

Alarming balance sheet

The third set was only six minutes old when Bencic 0:2 gebreakt was, what your tears over your face and ran. Even the simplest of balls could no longer utilize now to the point, your finely tuned body played with, again and again, she was wrong, or came too late. As Switolina scores 4:1 lead was gone, came what had to come: Bencic gave up, congratulated her opponent, grabbing their things and finished their season.

The 7:5, 3:6, 1:4 from the point of view of Bencic, the series of tasks and Forfaits extended in Shenzhen. Naomi Osaka was dropped after a game, Bianca Andreescu after one and a half games, replacement players Kiki Bertens in the same way and now Bencic. Four of the nine game slowed down inside the body – an alarming balance. (rst)

Created: 02.11.2019, 11:28 PM

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