Belinda Bencic was asked why Switzerland, that is not a very big country compared to China, has top players like herself and Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka on the men's side. Bencic said: "I don't know. It's a very tough question.
Did you know that Switzerland, Slovakia and Czech Republic have less people live than living here in Shenzhen? Here it's 22 million. All of these countries have less. That's a fact in case you didn't know (smiling).
Switzerland, I don't know, we have good chocolate, that may be the reason." On how it feels to reach Shenzhen semifinals, Bencic added: "Feels pretty amazing. I mean, especially we made it like on last minute, now semifinal, through the group after I lost first match.
I mean, it feels very nice, I have to say. I'm super proud of the work we did all the year with my team. So thanks to them, as well." On Kiki Bertens' retirement, Bencic said: "Definitely, it was very nice to finally get this match, Bencic-Bertens, after such a fight in the end of the season.
Maybe her gas just really ran out. Yeah, it was a bit unfortunate. Obviously not the way I wanted to win, but super proud of how I fought in that set. I was thinking maybe she wins the first set, maybe different story. Yeah, I'm just really proud about it.
I think after I lost the first match here, I just wanted to kind of keep fighting, and you never know. There's people that made it to the semifinal when they won just one match. I was always thinking of those positives. You always have to fight till the end.
I think everyone is, like, exhausted and injured, all of that. I think now it's all about the mental strength to go through all of this."