Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters at the last moment due to a knee injury. Bencic, ranked at No. 10 in the world, won't be making her seventh Indian Wells appearance this year.
Bencic played at last week's WTA event in Chicago, where she was forced to retire her quarterfinal match to Elena Rybakina. The tests Bencic underwent after the match showed no ligament damage to her knee but still she's not able to play in Indian Wells.
Bencic achieved her best result at the Indian Wells Masters in 2019, when she made the semifinal before losing to Angelique Kerber. Bencic, who was drawn to meet Shelby Rogers in the first round, was replaced by lucky loser Kristina Kucova.
Bencic happy for Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez
Bencic recently wished all the best to US Open finalists Raducanu and Fernandez. "It's great for tennis. I just really hope that everyone will protect them & hope the best for them & not put so much pressure & hype around them so it just gets too much.
I just hope everyone will really hope the best for them so they develop in peace," Bencic said of Raducanu and Fernandez, per WTA Insider. After beating Bencic in the US Open quarterfinal, Raducanu spoke highly of the Swiss.
"Yeah, you know, I'm so pleased to have come through that. Belinda is such a great opponent and she's an Olympic gold medallist, which is probably one of the biggest events in sport," Raducanu said after the match.
"She's a great player, and I knew it's going to be an extremely difficult match. It took me some adjusting at the beginning to get used to her ball speed, yeah, how aggressive she was. Once I adjusted, I settled in.
I didn't overpress as much. "Yeah, I found a way to win, but it was very difficult to play against someone at such a high level."