Belinda Bencic is a Swiss professional tennis player. She has a career-high singles ranking of No. 4 in the world which she reached in February 2020. To date, Bencic has won four singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour.
Bencic began playing tennis at the age of two. Her father arranged for her to train with Hingis’s mother and coach Melanie Molitor daily from the age of seven. By the time she was 16, Bencic became the No. 1 ranked junior in the world and won two junior Grand Slam singles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon. On the professional tour, she made her top 100 debut shortly after turning 17. Her first big breakthrough came at the 2014 US Open, where she became the youngest quarterfinalist since Hingis in 1997. Bencic won her first two WTA titles in 2015, including the Canadian Open where she defeated four of the top six players in the world. She then made her top 10 debut the following year while still 18 years old.
She posted her best season to date in 2019, winning her second Premier 5 title at the Dubai Tennis Championships reaching her first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open, qualifying for her first WTA Finals where she reached the semi-finals, and finishing the year inside the top 10 for the first time, which helped her win the WTA Comeback Player of the Year award.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar had a candid interview with Belinda Bencic, World leading Tennis Player where she talks about her workout, diet, and success story.
Coming from sport-loving parents and starting off at the age of two you reached your career-high Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. 4 in the world in February 2020. Walk us through your spectacular journey and share what appeals to you the most about this sport ?
Yeah, I mean, I really love this sport, I think I liked the most since I was a little girl was that it was very competitive. And in everything I did, I just did to see the sense of, like, playing a game and being not satisfied with losing. So I would always have to win. And that’s what I feel and appreciate in tennis.
Also, the most that you can play every week, a tournament and be so competitive, you have so many chances, on competing and. Yeah, I mean, it’s been a wonderful journey so far. , and I have come from junior year. I had so many experiences. I have learned so much so I saw so many different countries and cultures and everything.
So, I think it’s great, like we get to see the world and we have so many opportunities to play. And also it does satisfy my competitiveness.
You were trained by Melanie Molitor, the mother, and coach of world No. 1 Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis. How were the initial years in the sport? According to you how five keys you learned from her as a coach?
Yes, I was trained with Melanie Molitor, she was a very tough coach for sure, but she had so much experience already because she played with Martina and she could raise Martina into a champion. So for sure, I was learning everything, that she taught me and it was not even the key points, she was just telling me the experiences she had with Martina.
And then it was about me, too, to pick out what I needed to learn from and what I needed to take out from myself. But of course, I think technique wise from tennis and tactic wise, she has taught me everything from zero to, where I am now. And yet you just learn a lot in discipline and concentration and anticipation in tennis, so I think these are the key points.
Introduce us to a day in your life. One thing you must do every morning.
So a day in my life right now, I wake up, I walk our dog, or take a run with her and I come back, I have breakfast. One thing I must do every morning is that I have to have water with lemon. I squeeze the lemon into water and after that I have breakfast.
I do some things in the house, like laundry and cleaning everything. And then I go to practice usually around 10:00. Actually, first I go to the gym to warm up, like a fitness warm up for practice that I practice around, usually around 10:00 or 11:00 for one and a half hours.
Then I come back home, I have lunch, and I rest a little bit. And then again in the afternoon I usually play some practice matches with another girl. And after that I have physical training, and after that I come home, I have physio or I have a recovery stretching.
Rolling, like, yeah, I’m just rolling myself out and then in the evening, we go to the city for some dinner and ice cream or I cook dinner at home. We have a nice movie night, and that’s it.
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