Belinda Bencic (23) certainly did not envision returning to the WTA tour like this: The eastern Swiss woman loses her opening game in Rome against qualifier Danka Kovinic (25, WTA 86) in two sets 3: 6, 1: 6.
Seven months after her last serious fight on the tour, number 6 seeded Bencic was still a bit rusty. Only half of her first serves ended up in the field, four times she had to give up her serve.
The Swiss gave too many presents and did not use any of her three break chances. 25 unforced errors were compared to 11 on the part of Kovinic.
And so it seemed only logical that the Montenegrin, who had previously eliminated the German Julia Görges, pushed the accelerator after a balanced start in the final spurt and won nine of the last ten games. The consolation for Bencic: It wasn’t really serious yet. “Rome is a test,” she said to BLICK before the tournament started. “I’m not completely rusty, but I don’t have high expectations. Then in Paris it counts. “
Hatred of social media
For Bencic, the tournament should offer one thing above all: match practice. For others, however, the bankruptcy is more significant. On Instagram, the Swiss woman gets a nasty tirade of hate from a user.
There are statements like “You shit H ***” and “Ashamed Fo ***”. The hater even calls on the 23-year-old to commit suicide. Belinda only comments with a “welcome back to the tour” – and then deletes the post. According to the profile description, the user whose profile is set to private is a 25-year-old German. (eg / par)