Former world No. 4 Belinda Bencic has revealed that that she has been diagnosed with something in her lungs following her battle with COVID-19. Bencic took part in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship mid-December. Bencic was beaten by Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur in the lone women's match played at the Abu Dhabi exhibition.
After returning home from Abu Dhabi, Bencic tested positive for COVID-19, like several other participants. "It was not easy," Bencic said in a press conference following her second-round win against Kaja Juvan in St.
Petersburg, per tennis.com. "I have been diagnosed with something in my lungs which is not normal. And still, I'm happy I can play but it's going to take me a while to recover—they said about two, three months.
"I think it happens with a lot of athletes that your fitness, it's not the same level. "So, it's very tough but I have to, you know, just work with what I have."
Bencic still feeling the effects of COVID-19
Bencic kicked off her 2022 season in Sydmey where she made the quarterfinal before losing to Paula Badosa.
After a few days off, Bencic beat Kristina Mladenovic in the Australian Open first round. That was all from Bencic as she suffered a defeat to Amanda Anisimova in her following match at Melbourne Park. On Wednesday, Bencic beat Juvan to set up a St.
Petersburg quarterfinal against Anett Kontaveit. "It's also what happened, in Australia," she said. "I kind of expected I will maybe not have the best chance to win a lot of matches, but I'm trying my best to get back to shape."
Bencic has spoken several times about how much winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olxmpics means to her. "I'm so happy I won the gold," Bencic admitted. "This kind of relaxed me a lot but I still want to keep working and reaching more goals."