Bencic was eliminated in the round of 16 as the last Swiss woman in Australia

From the dream of the Australian Open

Belinda Bencic reached the 1/8 finals

Hidden favourite Belinda Bencic reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open. The Swiss misplaced to Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in 87 minutes with the rating 5:7, 2:6.

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Belinda Bencic was nearly all the time on the defensive in opposition to Arina Sabalenka.

Olympic champion Belinda Bencic (25, WTA 10) misplaced to Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka (24, WTA 5) 5:7, 2:6 at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The Eastern Swiss needed to settle for two decisive breaks after a double fault. As the last Swiss woman, Bencic is the ultimate cease in the Round of 16 on the Bottom Side.

For Bencic, it was the first loss of 2023 after a seven-game successful streak. Like Bencic, Sabalenka began the season with a bang. He gained the first match in Adelaide (Bencic second) and did not drop a set in his first eight matches this 12 months.

There isn’t any second Dubai

In the second set, Sabalenka took the preliminary determination from 1:1 to 4:1. Bencic had an opportunity to interrupt again into the set when he raced to a 30-0 lead in opposition to his opponent’s serve at 2-4. However, Sabalenka gained 4 factors in a row and corrected the scenario. The Dubai 2019 state of affairs was not repeated this time round, when Bencic pulled off a exceptional turnaround after saving six match factors in opposition to Sabalenka and nonetheless successful.

So the Swiss should be content material with turning into the first Melbourne participant to play greater than Sabalenka in 5 video games. Belarus is a scorching contender for her first Grand Slam title earlier than the quarter-finals as there is just one higher participant in the last eight with Jessica Pegula (WTA 3).

In specific, Sabalenka took management of the service points between the previous and the new season. Last season, she dedicated an astounding 428 double faults – the most on the ladies’s tour and greater than a dozen per sport. Bencic’s hopes that Sabalenka would assist him with a double fault weren’t fulfilled. In simply the third sport, Sabalenka triple-faulted Bencic for the solely break to make it 2-1. In a sport that lasted an hour and a half, Bencic made twice as many double faults (8) as Sabalenka (4). (SDA/individual/one)

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