Belinda Bencic, Elena Rybakina withdraw from Courmayeur



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Belinda Bencic, Elena Rybakina withdraw from Courmayeur

World No. 9 Belinda Bencic and 17th-ranked Elena Rybakina have both withdrawn from Courmayeur. Courmayeur is set to hold its inaugural edition and not having Bencic and Rybakina is a big blow for the tournament. Bencic, who captured her maiden gold medal at this past Tokyo Olympics, suffered a knee injury earlier this month in Chicago.

Luckily for Bencic, the tests revealed no ligament damage to the knee but she hasn't been able to play since suffering the injury. Bencic was hoping to fight for a WTA Finals spot but after withdrawing from the Indian Wells Masters, Moscow and Courmayeur she is out of the race for the season-ending event.

“I would be very happy to make it to the top eight in the Race,” Bencic said this month. “I wouldn’t mind if we played on the Moon! It might be a little bit different to usual [in Guadalajara], but when I played in the last WTA Finals in Shenzhen I found the conditions were very special.

It was the slowest court I’ve ever played on."

Bencic would have no problems with playing in Guadalajara

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is not a fan of playing in Guadalajara but Bencic would have no problems. "If I get to Guadalajara it will probably be the highest altitude I’ve ever played at, so it will just be different,” Bencic continued.

“We’re tennis players. We always have to adapt to different conditions. Every week it might look very similar on TV, but it’s not. We’re used to always having to adapt." Also, Bencic spoke highly of US Open finalists Emma Raducanu and Leylah 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.