Former world No. 4 Belinda Bencic admitted she felt a "little bit wobbly" in her first match after recovering from COVID-19. Bencic, now ranked at No. 23 in the world, played at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship mid-December.
After returning home, Bencic tested positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday, Bencic kicked off her 2022 season with a win in Sydney. Bencic performed well in her season opener as she saw off Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3 6-2. "I was struggling a little bit, getting to practice after Covid because the pulse was getting up and the fatigue was still there," Bencic said, per The Times of India.
"I think I still have room to feel better and my fitness has to get better. "I still feel a little bit wobbly and so I think there is still potential, but I'm happy that I can play this tournament."
Bencic was experiencing 'quite severe symptoms'
Bencic's battle with COVID-19 wasn't easy as she revealed she was experiencing quite severe symptoms.
"Hi everyone, I just wanted to provide a quick update that unfortunately and even though I'm fully vaccinated, I recently tested positive for COVID-19. I'm currently isolating and taking all precautionary measurements to get through this as best as possible as I'm experiencing quite severe symptoms /fever, aches, chills).
While the timing is not ideal - as i was in the final stages of my preparations for the Australian Open swing -- I will make my way to Australia as soon as I'm cleared and past the isolation period," Bencic announced on December 21.
Fortunately for Bencic, she was able to travel to Australia and she is set to play at the Australian Open. Against Haddad Maia, Bencic claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game and served out for the opener in the ninth game. After winning the first set, Bencic broke Haddad Maia twice in the second set to book a straight-set win.