Australian Open ended for Belinda Bencic, and Switzerland

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Belinda Bencic carried the last hope of bringing Swiss tennis to life in week two of the Australian Open. It slowly dissipated in the sky of a reconfigured Victoria State this Saturday, while the 23-year-old Saint-Welsh suffered the game of the Belgian Elise Mertens without ever managing to find her rhythm (6-2 6-3 ). The tournament ends for her in the third round.

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His compatriots had not even gone that far. After qualifying, Henri Laaksonen was eliminated from the start. Stan Wawrinka lost in his second game after a spectacular marathon against Hungarian Márton Fucsovics. In the women’s draw, Jil Teichmann put up courageous but insufficient resistance against American Cori Gauff in the first round. Swiss tennis will follow the result of the first Grand Slam lifting of the year on television, like Roger Federer, semi-finalist in 2020 who had given up participating …

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For Belinda Bencic, however, the trip was not in vain. The young woman remains for a year tormented not only by the pandemic crisis but also by an injury to an arm. After her elimination in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open last February, she had played only one tournament before flying to Australia, and not won a single match. Her success in Melbourne against Lauren Davis (WTA 80) then Svetlana Kuznetsova (WTA 37) therefore put her back in a slightly more positive dynamic.