Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic has revealed that the right knee injury that forced her to retire last week in Chicago wasn't serious as she avoided a ligament damage. Bencic, ranked at No. 10 in the world, made the Chicago quarterfinal before she was forced to retire mid-match against Elena Rybakina.
Rybakina was 6-4 3-1 up when Bencic decided she couldn't continue anymore. Bencic made a good start to the match, having claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead. Rybakina responded in style, breaking Bencic in the eighth and 10th game to overturn the deficit and win the opener.
Bencic served out the fourth game of the second set to reduce the deficit to 3-1 before she decided to retire.
Bencic spoke positively of Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernandez
"It's great for tennis. I just really hope that everyone will protect them & hope the best for them & not put so much pressure & hype around them so it just gets too much.
I just hope everyone will really hope the best for them so they develop in peace," Bencic said of Raducanu and Fernandez, per WTA Insider. Raducanu beat Bencic en route to winning the US Open as a qualifier. "Yeah, you know, I'm so pleased to have come through that.
Belinda is such a great opponent and she's an Olympic gold medallist, which is probably one of the biggest events in sport," Raducanu said after the match. "She's a great player, and I knew it's going to be an extremely difficult match.
It took me some adjusting at the beginning to get used to her ball speed, yeah, how aggressive she was. Once I adjusted, I settled in. I didn't overpress as much. "Yeah, I found a way to win, but it was very difficult to play against someone at such a high level."