Belinda Bencic spoke about her retirement during the WTA Finals semifinals in Shenzhen against Elina Svitolina. The Swiss player said: "I was cramping. So, yeah, I started to feel it at the start of the second set, my hamstring.
I called the physio. I started cramping in my foot and again in my hamstring. I don't know, I really didn't want to retire. I tried. Sometimes I just tried to make a good serve, play no rallies. Yeah, just wasn't enough.
I really didn't want to retire. I wanted to finish the match. It was not possible. I'm really disappointed about how my body failed me. Also, I think these courts are really not ideal. You can see there was four retirements this week, yeah."
Asked if she thinks something different could be done in terms of preparation, Bencic added: "I mean, I felt okay. The first match I had some common pain in my left heel, but that was okay. I didn't feel that. I was also really surprised I felt it.
Then, like, I was really scared I'm going to start cramping, and I started cramping. I don't think I could have done anything better. I think it was just a really long season. Yeah, I'm exhausted obviously. I think these courts are, like, terrible for movement of players and for the muscles because it's like sand, how you say.
You stop immediately, and it goes directly into your muscles. I think since the first practice, you can feel that in your body. Didn't make it better, yeah."