The U.S. Open was the best showing that Belinda Bencic has had at any tournament so far. Despite her lost to Canada's golden girl Bianca Andreescu in straight sets, she has had a good performance any player would be proud of.
"It was a great experience to play the semis," Bencic had said to the media of usopen.org. She gets real about her feelings of losing saying "Of course, very much disappointed...So far we shouldn't take this for granted and be grateful for that...It puts me in a more positive mood."
This was the first time she's played Andreescu and had to deal with her power shots much like Naomi Osaka. Bencic admits that her game could have been better and gave kudos to the Canadian teen saying "I think she is a great player and definitely deserves to be in the finals."
The Swiss admits that her straight-set loss was closer than it looked. "I think it was a big fight, a big battle. Bianca plays tactical...in the end, it was really just some points that turned everything around. The rest of the slams though didn't go well for Bencic who bowed in the third round of all of them.
Bencic knew it was up to her to do justice to the last slam of the season. She had much luck even at the opening rounds. She'd defeat France's Alize Cornet and then moved on to have a win over Aneta Kontaveit of Estonia.
The round of 16, Bencic brought her 'A' game to the court and defeated Naomi Osaka in straight sets, winning over her power and aggression. Donna Vekic of Croatia has been improving steadily on her game and Bencic stayed focused in the quarterfinal to have the answers to rallies and strategies of winning.
This isn't always the case and with Andreescu, she says "I had so many break chances that I did not use...: That is what could have contributed to her losing the match. She also mentioned her ability to return the Canadian teen's returns.
"I had struggled on the return and I couldn't read her serves," she confessed. It is simply a lesson well learned and working on the fine point to bring to the next event a crisper, more brilliant game. "I am learning by doing...I think it's small details that matter...trying to improve that 1% more..."
Belinda is quite aware of the competitors that are a challenge and says that "I feel it's like you're always watching out for someone...everyone has a good run and then you're looking at this person and this person plays well..."
Staying on the same track is essential for Bencic as she emphasized that "I need to keep doing what I do, play semifinals, semifinals, quarterfinals and give luck a chance."