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Old Jan 15th, 2014, 06:33 AM   #1216
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She fought hard though.
I hope she is going to play mixed doubles here, too .

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Old Jan 15th, 2014, 09:39 AM   #1217
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I was very impressed with her today

I didn't see the 1st and I know that Na hit a lot of errors in the 2nd but she really held her own and used Na's power to perfection I don't think her Serve is bad at all especially the 1st which was particularly good in the 2nd Set I think it might be worth going for more on the 2nd and hitting Doubles because it is very slow and sits up a lot...

Aside from dropping a few balls short and perhaps not returning as well as she could of, she played much of the match at least Top 50 Such a shame she didn't win that point at 5-5
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Q. Where do you think you played today, especially in the second set?
BELINDA BENCIC: Yeah, I think in the first set it was quite a lesson, but in the second set I played better and I tried to be more aggressive.

So it was better, the result.



Q. What was it like walking on to Rod Laver Arena?
BELINDA BENCIC: It was amazing feeling. I always watched like on the court, TV, and I always say I want to play there and today I played there.



Q. Was it bigger than you thought it would be? Smaller?
BELINDA BENCIC: I practiced this morning on it, like the warmup, so I had quite an idea.



Q. What did you think during practice, of the arena?
BELINDA BENCIC: I was just impressed. It was great to play there.



Q. How do you look at the whole experience in Melbourne coming through qualifying?
BELINDA BENCIC: I think it was an amazing tournament now. I came through qualifying. I had a tough draw. I played the first seed in qually also and I could win a round in main draw. So that was awesome.

Now it was great experience against Li Na on Rod Laver.



Q. You showed a good reaction after the first set. What did you change to get into the match?
BELINDA BENCIC: I tried to play more aggressive, like not more risk but just, yeah, more aggressive. Also, my serve was working better, and I think that made the difference. It was more like this. (Showing up and down with hands).



Q. Were you nervous in the beginning? Stadium, Li Na.
BELINDA BENCIC: Yeah, sure, I was nervous, by like not so much like the first matches here. She played just really good in the first set.



Q. How encouraged are you by your performances here, and how you have been able to match it against good players?
BELINDA BENCIC: I think I showed also in qualifying I can beat the qually players here and also some people in the main draw.

And now it's great that I made the experience with 16 years, so maybe later or the next match I can show what I learned from this experience so I will not be so nervous and I will not miss the chances.



Q. Still limited in the number of tournaments you can play because of your age. Is that frustrating?
BELINDA BENCIC: No, I mean, it's not frustrating now. It's okay, because I get three extra tournaments because I finished in the year in the top 5 juniors and I was in the final of two Grand Slams.

So it's okay now. I can have more tournaments, so, yeah, it's enough.



Q. When you were up 4 3 in the second set, did you start to think, you know, Maybe I can win this match?
BELINDA BENCIC: I was not trying to think about the score. I was just trying to play point after point. I mean, I had 4 3 in the second. It was far from winning the match.

But still I just played point after point, and I missed the chance there to go 5 3 up. But, I mean, it's okay. Maybe next time.



Q. Quite a lot of money for losing in the second round. What do you think you'll do with the prize?
BELINDA BENCIC: I don't know. Go shopping (smiling)?

No, I'm, I mean, it's a lot of money also spending on traveling and the whole team, and the family. So, I mean, it's just nice.



Q. Do you feel like people will expect this of you now at every Grand Slam? I mean, qualifying is a very hard thing to achieve. Does that bother you?
BELINDA BENCIC: No. I just will enjoy the next Grand Slam, and I will not let me stay under pressure from anybody, so I will just play what I can and hopefully the results will come.



Q. I think Li Na said you played like Hingis. Do you hear that a lot?
BELINDA BENCIC: Yeah, I hear it a lot.



Q. Is it annoying or you like it?
BELINDA BENCIC: No, I mean, it was obvious because I practiced by her mom, so it's no other choice.



Q. What kind of quality you learn from a big player like Li Na? Is it the big play or the strategy or experience? What kind of thing you like to take away from this match?
BELINDA BENCIC: A lot. I mean, I can learn a lot from her. I was always watching her in TV, and now to play against her it's an awesome feeling.

In the first set, I mean, I had not so much chance; but then in the second I could play better and come, and it was the positive thing of it.



Q. How is it being a 16 year old when you're on the tennis tour all the time? Maybe your friends are living a different lifestyle. Do you find it? Any difficulties in being different world of tennis?
BELINDA BENCIC: No, I don't think it's difficult. I'm in Melbourne right now. I am playing on the Rod Laver Arena. I don't think it's a bad life what I have.

I'm just really appreciating my situation that I can travel all around the world and visit some amazing places, like here. I mean, I was to Japan; I'm in Australia; I'm traveling everywhere.

I'm really happy about that.



Q. Where are you playing next?
BELINDA BENCIC: Pattaya, WTA Thailand.



Q. Next few after that, what's your plans?
BELINDA BENCIC: Then the Fed Cup in Paris and then after we will go to America.
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Six months after winning the junior championship at Wimbledon, 16-year-old Belinda Bencic took the court Monday at the Australian Open against a woman old enough to be her mother.

Actually, 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm is five years older than Bencic’s mother, Dana.

The 27-year age difference between the two players was the largest in a Grand Slam match in nearly 10 years. Bencic, a Swiss qualifier, was in her first Grand Slam main draw match; Date-Krumm was in her 107th.

“I was a little bit nervous in the beginning, but then I just tried to keep the ball in the court,” said Bencic, who admitted the atmosphere of a Grand Slam match was different from any other in her career. “Yeah, I don’t know. It was special.”

Bencic, ranked 187th, quickly went down by 0-3 but steadied herself, rallying to win the first set, 6-4. Date-Krumm took the second set, 6-4, but faded in the third, when Bencic jumped to a 5-1 lead before eventually winning, 6-3.

Date-Krumm, ranked 80th, said that while her opponent’s face and body looked like those of a 16-year-old, her tennis betrayed no such youth.

“When I’m fighting with her, she’s not a high school girl,” Date-Krumm said with a laugh.
Bencic is coached by her father, Ivan, and Melanie Molitor, the mother of the five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis. Hingis, who is coaching the Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki in this tournament, was in the stands watching Bencic’s match.

It is not just those with direct connections to Bencic who have taken an interest in her game. Her matches during qualifying were often attended by stars of past and present, including the former Australian Open champion Amélie Mauresmo, who wanted to catch a glimpse.

Bencic admittedly was not her sharpest even in victory.

“It means a lot, because I didn’t play really at my best, but I was able to fight through,” Bencic said. “It was the only thing I could do in that moment.”

In the next round, Bencic faces another veteran, albeit a considerably younger one: 31-year-old Li Na, the No. 4 seed. Li on Monday defeated another 16-year-old qualifier, Ana Konjuh of Croatia, 6-2, 6-0.

Bencic said, “It will be tough but will be a nice experience for me, hopefully on a big court.”

Rod Laver Arena, the tournament’s biggest, seems a likely choice for Bencic’s next match, perhaps the first of many on big courts in the coming years.

The future is somewhat less certain for Date-Krumm, who, while proud of her accomplishments, acknowledged she did not know how much longer she can remain in the sport.

“Many years I come back here for main draw, and already it’s a miracle,“ she said. “I’m still enjoying to play, and I still enjoy to play in Grand Slams, also. So I keep fighting. I don’t know how many years, how many months. Maybe five years more? Maybe five months? I don’t know. Depends on my feeling. One day, someday, it’s coming to the finish.”

She added: “Maybe tomorrow, maybe tonight or maybe five years later. I don’t know. It’s just to listen to myself all the time, and still I have the chance to play some more tournaments.”

Though she maintains her goals on the court, Date-Krumm also has a clear agenda, once retirement comes, and it involves her husband, the German racecar driver Michael Krumm.

“Just relax,” she said. “Get back to normal life. Maybe I spend time together with my husband, because for many years we don’t see each other. Just get a normal life. I need it.”
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Old Jan 26th, 2014, 10:00 AM   #1220
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Won against Diyas by 6-2, 7-6(4)
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Old Jan 26th, 2014, 10:11 AM   #1221
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Re: She's a BOMB - Belinda Benčič Cheering Thread

Good win I'm a little surprised

Who changed the thread to "She's a Bomb"

The Qualifying placements are tough aside from Lerpitaksinchai so hopefully she gets her Hopefully she can play some good tennis after she beats Alla
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Belinda Nice result and good revenge. Kudryavtseva has been playing decently well this year so I don't think that match is a given by any means. Still I hope she can qualify and continue progressing onto the main tour.
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Old Jan 26th, 2014, 09:40 PM   #1223
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Looks like the match's gonna be streamed
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Belinda is Preparing for war Fed cup .
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