Belinda Bencic reacts to beating Iga Swiatek at US Open

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Belinda Bencic reacts to beating Iga Swiatek at US Open
Belinda Bencic reacts to beating Iga Swiatek at US Open

World No. 12 Belinda Bencic insisted she knew it would not be easy against Iga Swiatek since she's a top-10 player. Bencic, who recently won gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, beat seventh-seeded Swiatek 7-6 (12) 6-3 to reach the US Open quarterfinal.

"Was finding my returns very well. Then she adjusted & had great serving. I expected that. She's a Top 10 player, knows how to serve, has a plan A, B, C," Bencic said following her win over Swiatek, per WTA Insider. “Important I took that away from her a little bit & put her under pressure.

I felt very good on my service games."

Bencic won the key first set versus Swiatek

Bencic made a perfect start to the match, having broken Swiatek in the opening game of the match. Bencic failed to serve out for the opener in the 10th game but saved a set point in the 12th game to force a tie-break.

In the tie-break, Bencic blew four set points but also saved three set points before finally realizing her fifth set point to win an extremely tight opener. Swiatek had a chance to claim an early second set break but she failed to realize a break point in the third game.

Swiatek paid the price for failing to realize a break point in the third game as Bencic broke in the fourth game. Bencic then routinely held on to her serve the rest of the way to clinch a straight-set win. "I'm pretty happy with my performance, b/c I came back in first set.

Pretty hard to use the chances I had in the first set because she was playing just great," Swiatek said following the loss. "I know I missed a volley, but it's not surprising for me. Hard to get rhythm when you just play one during a one-hour set."

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