Belinda Bencic saves Swiss honor
The trap almost closed on Belinda Bencic. The Olympic champion was however able to thwart it to offer Swiss tennis a first victory in this 2022 edition of the US Open. Seeded No. 13, Belinda Bencic won 6-2 4-6 6-4 ahead of Andrea Petkovic (WTA 104) who is playing the last tournament of her career in New York.
Faced with a German who was able to find the necessary relaxation after the loss of the first set, Belinda Bencic could have paid a high price for her refusal to take the step forward to conclude the exchange. This restraint explains why she encountered so many difficulties in closing the case.
However, she managed to do so thanks to a break at 4-4 in a last set concluded with an ace. She will have to evolve with greater serenity on Thursday to take her revenge against the Romanian Sorana Cirstea (WTA 37) who had beaten her two weeks ago in Cincinnati.
Best Swiss luck in this US Open, Belinda Bencic must remember that Flushing Meadows is the Grand Slam tournament that best matches her game with a semi-final in 2019 and a quarter-final last year…
Marc-Andrea Hüsler defeated
The St-Galloise is the only representative of Swiss Tennis qualified for the second round, women and men combined. Indeed, in the men’s draw, Marc-Andrea Hüsler (ATP 85) lost to Denis Shapovalov at the limit of five sets.
Seeded No. 19, the Canadian won 2-6 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-1 after a big scare and a fight of 2:57 ‘. Marc-Andrea Hüsler benefited from a break point to lead 6-2 5-3. Denis Shapovalov was able to dismiss him before delighting the service of the Zurich player and thus reversing the course of the meeting.
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