Belinda Bencic says the appreciation and respect Serena Williams has received in recent days shows how great of a player she is. In 2015, the 18-year-old Bencic stunned Williams at a WTA 1000 event in Toronto. Three weeks ago, Bencic defeated Williams for the second time, again in Toronto.
To this day, Bencic feels that beating Williams in 2015 was one of the best wins of his career. «I’m very proud to say that I managed to beat her. But still, I mean, I think now that it’s coming to an end, I feel like more and more I realize how big this moment is and how much she’s done, how big she is.» is,» Bencic said.
«I mean, the excitement was huge. Of course, I mean, I was 18 years old. I was able to play Serena Williams a couple of times before. The first time I won the set, I was really excited to at least have won a set. I eventually won. the match.
They were great emotions. I still have it very clear in my mind. I think for sure it’s still one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had.»
Bencic on Andrea Petkovic
In the first round of the US Open, Bencic defeated Petkovic 6-2 4-6 6-4.
Petkovic, a former Grand Slam semi-finalist and a top 10 player, was playing the last Grand Slam of her career and was also headed for retirement. «Yeah, definitely, she’s really a good person. Since I’m on tour, when she was very young, she was one of the players who was very nice to me when she was still a stranger.
I really appreciate it,» Bencic said of Petkovic. «She’s also one of the fairest players. Yes, as you said, the funniest. She has the coolest jokes, very good humor. I feel like we will surely miss her on the tour because I think she was a great character.» Bencic plays Sorana Cirstea in the second round of the US Open.