Belinda Bencic’s first claycourt title became a reality. At the end of a final full of doubts, extensions and restarts, the Swiss triumphed at the WTA in Charleston, defeating 6-1 5-7, 6-4 Anas Jabeur, who retired in the only previous head-to-head under 7-6(2). ), 4-3 in Madrid last year.
Bencic is the first Swiss in a final since 2006, when Patty Schneider lost her second final in Charleston to Nadia Petrova, after eliminating, among others, Justine Henin, the then number one seed.
Thanks to the success of Jabeur, Bencic has returned Switzerland to the gold list for the classic tournament on har-tru, the green ground of the United States, since 1999: on that occasion Martina Hingis won.
Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo last summer, Bencic dominated the first set and withstood a Tunisian comeback who inflamed the crowd with tight passers and short balls in the second set. Thus he celebrated his sixth WTA title in fourteen finals, his first on clay. Thus make sure to return to number 13 in the WTA rankings.
Victory for the Swiss
#10 seed BelindaBencic beats Jaber to claim the singles title @CharlestonOpen! pic.twitter.com/kqQOwU782Z
– WTA (@WTA) April 10, 2022
Jaber, who was chasing his first title on clay at the Grand Prix, suffered his fourth defeat in five WTA Finals, and his second in a row in Charleston. A year ago, in fact, I reached the critical challenge in the WTA 250 that was staged at this facility after the traditional WTA 500 I stopped in in the semifinals.
After a dominant first set, Bencic suffers a comeback from Jabeur who is already able to win a comeback in the semi-final against Anisimova. Jabeur, the only Tunisian in the top 700, raised her level against Bencic’s serve in the second half of the final. He brought his performance back to impressive levels in previous rounds in which he won overall with 51.1% of the points played in response.
Bencic, who had 66.5% of points in the semi-final serve, found himself playing another game from the middle of the second set as well due to the low effectiveness of his first serve.
After exchanging a break and a break break in the first two matches of the group, the Tunisian stretched 4-2 but lost her serve again in the next match. But Jaber, the most convincing in response, completes the third game in the match that closes the set.
The ups and downs are definitely not over yet. In the third set, in fact, the player won half of the matches in response. The succession of good shots, fouls, tensions and impulses make the final match on the brink of uncertainty. Even Bencic’s emotional joy at the horizon-bending success of 2022.
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