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Belinda Bencic Produces Superb Display To Take Down Osaka

Belinda Bencic came up with some breathtaking tennis to knock out defending champion Naomi Osaka in Indian Wells.



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Belinda Bencic stunned the Indian Wells crowd with a 6-3 6-1 demolition of 2018 champion Naomi Osaka.


The Swiss player, 21, recently beat four top ten players to win her first WTA title since 2015 in Dubai, and she has carried that form with her to the desert.

“I think I played a pretty great match,” Bencic said in her on-court interview. “Obviously that’s what you have to do against such a champion like Naomi. I definitely had to be at my best, and I’m really lucky I was today.”

She continued, “My injuries set me back, but it just changed my perspective. I learned so much from my time out and I’m really enjoying being on court again.”

Bencic set her stall out to be aggressive from the first ball. She stepped inside the court and hit two fierce backhands to make 15-30 on Osaka’s serve in the first game.

Then she kept the pressure on the Japanese player on the next two points and watched as the World No.1 made two unforced errors to hand her the break.

The Swiss player built on her early advantage with a couple of emphatic holds. She then battled to another break in game five to establish a 4-1 lead.

Osaka cut the deficit by getting one of the breaks back in game eight, but it was not enough to save the set as Bencic broke her for a third time to take the opener 6-3.

Bencic continues to dominate

In the second set, the first game proved to be pivotal. The World No.1 earned a break point, but wasted it when she hit a backhand long.

Bencic went on to hold, and that gave her a platform to attack Osaka’s serve. She hit a superb backhand winner down the line to make it deuce, was gifted a break point by an error from her opponent and then clinched the break with an unreturnable cross-court forehand.

The World No.23 continued her imperious march to victory with two comfortable holds that moved her 4-1 ahead. Osaka responded by raising her racket as though she was about to smash it.

She also summoned her coach, but his advice did not help her as she made a series of errors to hand Bencic another break.

The Swiss player had been in control from the beginning, and she eased to another emphatic hold to seal a remarkable win over the player who won the last two Grand Slams.


Elena Rybakina fights back from one set down to beat Sofia Kenin in Dubai



Elina Rybakina came back from one set down to beat this year’s Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-3 on Centre Court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.


Rybakina overcame a slow start to score her third win over a top 10 player.

Rybakina hit 25 winners to 5 unforced errors. Kenin earned her first break in the opening game. Rybakina converted her third break point in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Kenin won five consecutive games from 2-2 to seal the opening set 7-2.

Rybakina was never broken in the second and third sets and broke serve in the seventh and ninth games of the second set and in the eighth games of the third set.

“I have worked a lot, and it’s amazing that I managed to win today. I just finished a tournament, and I only came here one day before this match, so I am happy. I prepared myself like I will win. I tried to do my best, but I was not nervous. Of course I believed. I did not think that she just won the Australian Open because I know that now everyone could beat everyone. I did not think about this”, said Rybakina.



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Jennifer Brady cruises past Elina Svitolina in Dubai



US qualifier Jennifer Brady upset 2017 and 2018 Dubai champion Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-1 in one hour at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Brady hit three consecutive backhand to hold serve. She did not face any other break point in the rest of the first set and won nine consecutive games.


Brady broke Svitolina in the sixth game with a bakhand down the line and in the eighth game, as Svitolina sent a backhand into the net.

Brady earned two consecutive breaks in the second game of the second set to open up a 4-0 lead. Brady wasted a 40-0 lead on her serve in the fifth game. Svitolina pulled one of the two breaks back, but she dropped her serve for the third time. As Brady was serving for the match, she came back from 0-30 down and sealed the win with her fifth ace.

Kristina Mladenovic reached the second round with a 6-4 6-3 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Sasnovich held a 4-1 record in her five head-to-head matches and won all their three previous clashes played on hard-court.

The first set was marked by seven breaks in the first ten games. Sasnovich went up a break three times, but Mladenovic broke back each time to draw level to 4-4. Mladenovic closed out the first set with a break in the 10th game thanks to an inside-out forehand return.

Mladenovic opened up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game and closed out the second set on her third match point with a forehand winner with a forehand winner after 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French player set up a second round match against Karolina Pliskova in a re-match of the first round match at the Australian Open. Pliskova beat Mladenovic in straight sets, but the the French player scored a 6-4 6-2 in their first clsh played in Dubai in 2017.

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova rallies from slow start to beat Belinda Bencic in Dubai



Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova came back from one set down to beat defending champion Belinda Bencic 1-6 6-1 6-1 in 1 hour and 30 minutes reaching the second round at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.


Bencic reeled off the first 19 points of the match to win seven of the first eight games of the match. Pavlyuchenkova bounced back by winning 12 of the last 13 games to clinch her 15th career top 5 win. The Russian player clinched only the second of her six head-to-head matches against Bencic and her first victory against her Swiss rival since Washington 2015. Bencic had won her past three clashes against Pavlyuchenkova at the 2018 Hopman Cup, at Wimbledon 2019 and in the Moscow final 2019.

Bencic earned her first break in the second game after four consecutive unforced errors from Pavlyuchenkova. The Swiss player went up a double break to open up a 4-0 after Pavlyuchenkova made three double faults.

Pavlyuchenkova stopped a losing streak of 19 consecutive points in the fifth game at 15-40 down, but Bencic held her service game at deuce. Bencic missed a point for the bagel, as Pavlyuchenkova won her first game with a service winner. Bencic served out the first set in the next game with consecutive unreturned serves.

Bencic earned an early break at the start of the second set after two double faults from Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player turned around the match by winning six consecutive games to win the second set 6-1.

Pavlyuchenkova broke at love in the second game and earned the second and third breaks in two deuce games. Pavlyuchenova won a return game for 5-1 with a drive volley and served out on his first set point, as Bencic sent her pass long.

Pavlyuchenkova earned an immediate break with three consecutive winners. The Russian player, who reached the final in Osaka and Moscow, went up a double break to take a 3-0 lead. Bencic pulled back one of the two breaks in the fourth game. Pavlyuchenova broke for the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. She broke Benci for the seventh consecutive time, as Bencic hit her backhand in the net.

“As soon as I won one or two points, I was like right, this is something I need to keep doing. I was trying to realize why I won it, what did I do right. I was just trying to find that rhythm”, said Pavlyuchenkova.


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