This US Open will not be a significant Swiss miss if Belinda Bencic has her method.
The Olympic gold-medal champion opened the US Open stopping Arantxa Rus 6-4, 6-4 to cost into the second spherical for the fifth time in six Flushing Meadows appearances.
The Eleventh-seeded Swiss is thought for her sniper return, however confirmed snap on serve in the present day. Bencic gained 30 of 35 first-serve factors and didn’t face a break level in a 90-minute victory on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Within the absence of five-time US Open champion Roger Federer and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka, Bencic mentioned Swiss ladies are poised to fly the nation’s flag in New York.
“We’ve 4 Swiss ladies now in the primary draw, so I believe that is nice,” Bencic mentioned. “I do not really feel like I am the one one which their eyes are on me. For certain I am very completely happy and like proud to be type of holding the Swiss flag up on the tournaments that Roger and Stan can’t play.
“However for me, it is not a strain in any respect, as a result of to even type of have this opportunity in Switzerland, as a result of Switzerland is a really nation that has nice gamers, so just a little bit spoiled perhaps on this. However I do not see this as strain. I see it for certain as a privilege.”
Tearing by way of the Tokyo Olympic draw, Bencic burst by way of the ultimate three video games out-dueling Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 within the Tokyo Olympics remaining to make historical past as the primary Swiss lady to win the gold medal.
Bencic who partnered Federer to successive Hopman Cup championships, posted a 10-1 file general in Tokyo becoming a member of forces with compatriot Viktorija Golubic to gather the Olympic silver medal in doubles. That run got here a couple of weeks earlier than Swiss Jil Teichmann broke by way of to the Cincinnati remaining. Bencic says Swiss ladies are impressed by Federer and Wawrinka.
“I positively really feel like I am not the one one, and I hope we will, like, set up all of us, me, Jil Teichmann, Vickie Golubic, and Stefanie Vogele like as a type of, yeah, all of us to be perhaps like Stan and Roger,” Bencic mentioned.
A 2019 US Open semifinalist, Bencic will face Martina Trevisan in spherical two and hopes she will be able to maintain using her Olympic excessive.
“I am nonetheless on cloud 9, I might say,” Bencic mentioned. “I might nonetheless say I am on earth, you recognize. I understand every thing. After all I am specializing in this match and simply on enjoying effectively.
“However I really feel like I wish to be on cloud 9 on a regular basis. So I type of, yeah, I am very completely happy about it. And simply I really feel like these recollections I’ll have ceaselessly. And type of this Olympics expertise, my first Olympics, and simply how every thing went with successful the gold, for me it is ceaselessly and for me it is most likely going to be the most important achievement I’ll ever have. I am nonetheless very completely happy about it.”
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