In an interview to Bluewin Belinda Bencic spoke about how it feels to reach the WTA Finals in Shenzhen for the first time. The Swiss said: "Since even the beginning I was among the top 8 all the time thank to my win in Dubai.
I wanted to keep the position. After reaching the US Open semifinals, I saw a real chance." Bencic added: "I lost a bit in a silly way to Kudermetova in Wuhan. If I had beaten her, it could have changed a lot. The week after I was unlucky to play against Petra Kvitova in the third round.
In Linz the same thing, a very silly loss. Then in Moscow I got relaxed. For the rest it was a good season. It came everything together. Before the semifinals match against Kristina Mladenovic, I felt the pressure more and I was very nervous because I had this unique opportunity.
If I won, I would be in Shenzhen otherwise it's Kiki Bertens. I am very proud of representing Switzerland at the WTA Finals for the first time in a while", said Bencic. On how she sees her chances, Bencic added: "Those are difficult to predict.
There are the top eight players and I think the level will be very close. I will try to do my best to win as long matches as possible. I qualified as eight and so everyone is ahead of me. As I said, I am very happy for achieving this goal.
And I told myself, If we manage to do it, I will be as relaxed as possible because I will be so happy of playing there."