Belinda Bencic asked for a bug spray during her Washington quarterfinal match against Cori Gauff. On Friday night, Gauff handed Bencic a 6-1 6-2 loss in Washington. These days, the temperatures have been high in Washington. Naturally, the bugs have been coming out and Bencic had to ask for a body spray during her Washington match.
Belinda Bencic asks for bug spray during her match against Coco Gauff
The mosquitoes in Washington aren't messing around tonight 😂 pic.twitter.com/F4AQdspgsM — The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) August 5, 2023
Bencic exits Washington after losing to Gauff
After making it past her first two matches in Washington, Bencic's run at the tournament came to an end in the quarterfinal.
Gauff earned the first break of the match in the second game to open a 2-0 lead. In the third game, Bencic got the break back. Blowing an early break didn't impact Gauff, who claimed back-to-back breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win four games in a row and clinch the first set.
After winning the first set, Gauff also won the opening two games of the second set for a 2-0 lead. Bencic got the break back and managed to tie the set to two games apiece before Gauff earned back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row to complete a two-set win.
"I'm really happy with how I played today. Belinda is not an easy player to play. I played all types of tennis. I was the aggressor in some moments. Some moments I was the defender. This definitely is probably one of the top matches that I have played.
I think with the caliber of player and the way I played, this is definitely one of the top ones. This is the tennis that I have been trying to play. I don't know if I'm a hard critic on myself, but I feel like I could do better in a lot of moments today even though the scoreline seemed easier, but I don't think the scoreline reflected the level of the match today," Gauff said after beating Bencic.