Former world No. 1 Martina Navartilova said she felt Belinda Bencic was going to be the next star after stunning Serena Williams at the Toronto Masters in 2015.
The then 18-year-old Bencic stunned Williams in the semiifnal and eventually won her first title.
Bencic, 24, has one Grand Slam semifinal to her name, a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world and a gold medal she captured at this past Tokyo Olympics.
“It seemed like she was going to be the next star; she beat Serena, when she was No.1,” Navratilova told the WTA, per Sportskeeda. “She’s had a lot of injuries and been inconsistent. Which is funny, because when she was playing well, she was so consistent. Could use a little more shape on the ball and become a stronger player. It makes everything so much easier.”
Bencic tested positive for COVID-19 after Abu Dhabi
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to provide a quick update that unfortunately and even though I’m fully vaccinated, I recently tested positive for COVID-19. I’m currently isolating and taking all precautionary measurements to get through this as best as possible as I’m experiencing quite severe symptoms /fever, aches, chills). While the timing is not ideal – as i was in the final stages of my preparations for the Australian Open swing — I will make my way to Australia as soon as I’m cleared and past the isolation period,” Bencic announced.
Bencic decided to play at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship before the 2022 season.
Bencic lost to Ons Jabeur as the Tunisian became the first ever Arab player to win it all in Abu Dhabi.
“It feels amazing. Belinda plays tough and surprised me with her drop shots, so it was great to get through it. It was always a dream to play her in an Arab country to represent Tunisia and the Arab world. A real privilege. And to pick up the victory is great,” Jabeur said after beating Bencic.