World No. 249 Daria Saville didn't enjoy a great day at the office on Tuesday but was still in positive spirits after the match as she joked she "got smashed" by Belinda Bencic. Bencic, a former world No. 4, put up a dominant performance as she cruised past Saville 6-1 6-2 to progress into the Miami semifinal.
Bencic made a strong start to the match, breaking Saville three times to easily win the first set. After winning the first set, Bencic started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Saville got one break back in the fifth game but Bencic earned her sixth break of the match in the eighth game to book a straight-set win.
"Belinda played really well today. I was fried lol. Conditions felt so different playing on stadium compared to other courts too. I definitely won’t even remember this match and there isn’t even much to analyse from this match.
I got smashed lol," Saville wrote on Twitter after the match.
Belinda played really well today. I was fried lol. Conditions felt so different playing on stadium compared to other courts too. I definitely won’t even remember this match 😅 and there isn’t even much to analyse from this match.
I got smashed lol 🥲 — Daria Saville (@Daria_gav) March 29, 2022
Saville happy with her recent results
Saville was just recently ranked outside the top-600 but now she sits at No. 249. Saville made the Guadalajara quarterfinal last month, before making the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16 as a qualifier.
After a strong week in Indian Wells, Saville reached the Miami quarterfinal. Saville is now projected to return to the top-130 when the WTA rankings list gets updated after Miami. "What a few weeks! 6 weeks ago I was ranked outside 600.
The goal was to half my ranking and be around 350. We more than achieved that. I didn’t know my Achilles would pull up and it’s doing better than expected. Enjoyed every match I played! Can’t wait for clay!" Saville added in another tweet.
Saville will now turn her focus on the clay season as she will certainly be hoping to continue her rise and soon return inside the top-100.