No.2 seed Belinda Bencic advanced into the final at the ongoing Adelaide International 2021 after a three sets mouthwatering clash with NextGen superstar Coco Gauff. Meanwhile, the 23-years-old from Switzerland did not forget to appreciate her semifinal opponent.
Even though Gauff exited earlier from Australian Open 2021 after a second-round loss, she would leave from Down Under this year with a personal record.
Teenage American, who holds several records under her name at the age of 16-years-old, reached her first WTA 500 semifinal at the Memorial Drive Centre court after encountering five opponents in the straight line.
“She(Coco Gauff) Really Gave Me A Hard Time”, says Belinda Bencic
For the first time meeting, World No.12 Belinda Bencic took two hours and 37 minutes to defeat World No.52 none other than qualifier Coco Gauff, who played her first semi final since August 2020.
It was not a piece of cake to claim the first set of a semifinal match for both contenders, but Belinda Bencic rallied from 1-4 down to take the set in a tiebreaker 7-6(2). For the same in the second set, Coco Gauff came from 1-4 down and saved a match point to take it in tie-breaker 7-6(5).
In the final match spot decider, Bencic took away a set from Gauff just after dropping two games(6-2).
“I’m super-relieved. I tried to fight the best that I can. I have huge respect for Cori Gauff. She’s a huge fighter, and at this age, it’s really impressive,” said Belinda Bencic, who stepped into her first final since 2019 Moscow.
“She really gave me a hard time, and at times I really didn’t know what to do any more. I’m happy I’m through and into the final,” the former World No.4 added.
Belinda Bencic is one step closer to win her fifth WTA singles title in the South Australian Capital. The 2019 US Open semi-finalist will now horn locks with the 2020 French Open title winner Iga Swiatek in the championship match on Saturday.