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Old Jun 11th, 2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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whats so good about belinda bencic?

junior RG winner, junior #1, WTA highest ranked girl from her year (1997)...but what's so good about her?

seems to have a weak serve, no weapons/power to speak of, very average athleticism/movement, little variety if any, standard court craft, etc.

trying to figure out whats so good about this girl...imo konjuh is way way better and has much more potential.
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Old Jun 11th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

Well, I will be the first one to agree that Konjuh and some other girls are better (have more potential) and that her rankings might be somewhat inflated.

However, she is clearly a more than decent player, who knows how to win matches, has a good team around her, plays a very smart schedule and hasn't had major injuries lately Good for her and hopefull she keeps playing and winning
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

She's smart and consistent on court above all, which is about 70% of what juniors is about.
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Old Jun 11th, 2013, 08:09 PM   #4
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

She is very solid and very consistent and it's only a guess but from the scenes I saw from the RG Jun. finals - some other players aren't.
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

In Tennis Elbow game I made her future GOAT I made her kind of like Hingis.
But I think in juniors they make more UEs, so consistent game is usually enough to beat most of them.

Isn't her coach Hingis' mom btw?
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Old Jun 11th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #6
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

oh okay so shes just a solid consistent player like i figured. nothing to get truly excite about i guess then.

abanda and konjuh are the standouts from that year for me.
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Old Jun 11th, 2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

She is very clever in her choice of shots and a great claycourter. Strong groundstrokes too TBH, she pretty muched killed Myriam Casanova in practise and damn, that girl has great groundstrokes, too. SHe is also good at the net. Could become kind of an Oprandi player. I hope for more for her though...
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

She has "McEnroeability", lol.

I saw six of her matches at IHB in May. The thing that strikes me about her mentally is that she can use her volatility--and she has a badass temper for sure--to her advantage. She got her heiny waxed a couple of times in one set and would throw her racquet, yell at her coach, gesture to the gods, yell some or other obscenities, lay an egg in one set, and then turn around and drop a bagel on her opponent in the next. She has the ability to completely shrug off a patch of shitty play and forget about it, and get back to what she wants to do on the court, and not all players can do that.

She also hits a consistent, deep ball--not overly powerful, but good enough to keep opponents from jumping on her shots and dictating points against her.

But it's the mental thing, mostly, that impressed me. She also didn't barf up leads once she got ahead in matches. She was a good frontrunner.
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

tonight martina hingis post a picture with belinda on this twitter
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Old Jun 11th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

i don't get it: has the OP seen her play or not? he asked his questions like he hasn't, but then expresses very clear opinion about her.
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

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She is very clever in her choice of shots and a great claycourter. Strong groundstrokes too TBH, she pretty muched killed Myriam Casanova in practise and damn, that girl has great groundstrokes, too. SHe is also good at the net. Could become kind of an Oprandi player. I hope for more for her though...
This mostly. She is unconventional as a junior in the sense that she always tries to take the ball extremely early and not get pushed back off the baseline. She robs her opponents of time because she takes the ball so early and can then use her great hands to place the ball extremely effectively. No real weaknesses (the serve has improved a lot over the past year) and as Aravanecaravan said, when she gets fiery and down on herself in a match she can actually use it to her advantage. Often comes back from a break down to win sets/matches.

I don't really see the Oprandi comparison...I think Belinda will achieve very consistent results which is something Oprandi has never and will never do. If she continues to improve at the rate she has been, I see her being Switzerland's first top twenty player since Schnyder.
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Re: whats so good about belinda bencic?

I only saw her play Venus in Luxembourg. She can bring back many balls and she is a good mover.
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junior RG winner, junior #1, WTA highest ranked girl from her year (1997)...but what's so good about her?

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Bencic is a new version of the Woz - the type of retrieving game that can peak at a very young age. Some would call her a "pusher", though I prefer the term "wall".
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This mostly. She is unconventional as a junior in the sense that she always tries to take the ball extremely early and not get pushed back off the baseline. She robs her opponents of time because she takes the ball so early and can then use her great hands to place the ball extremely effectively.

This is inaccurate. Bencic doesn't take the ball very early, and she definitely does not take time away from the opponents, because her groundstrokes lack power. She is a consistent player; mentally tough; can run all day; but not a lot of offense in that game.
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