Bencic Following In Legend’s Footsteps

Powered by Tennis Warehouse Bencic Following In Legend’s Footsteps At 12 years old, Martina Hingis announced herself to the tennis world by becoming the youngest player to win a junior Grand Slam. Two decades on, one of her compatriots is tracing her footsteps. Published June 10, 2013 12:00 Belinda Bencic PARIS, France – Remarkably, it is now twenty years since a precocious Martina Hingis announced herself to the tennis world at Roland Garros by becoming the youngest player to win a junior Grand Slam title. Over the weekend another talented young Swiss player, Belinda Bencic, began tracing her footsteps, lifting the junior crown at the game’s most famous clay court venue. Nationality, though, is not the only thing Bencic and Hingis have in common. To help capitalize on her undoubted talent, Bencic and her father Ivan have enlisted the help of Hingis’ mother and former coach, Melanie Molitor. And judging by the results, so far, the partnership appears to be flourishing. Bencic has not lost a junior match all year, although she was pushed hard several times in Paris, including recovering from 4-2 down in the final set of her quarterfinal with Taylor Townsend . For the final, Bencic upped her level again to defeat doubles partner Antonia Lottner in straight sets. Breaks in Lottner’s opening two service games set the tone early on, as Bencic’s fierce forehand controlled the exchanges from the back of the court. The set soon followed, and despite slipping 3-0 down in the second, she settled any potential nerves when she battled back from 0-40 to win a marathon fifth game. This appeared to break her opponent’s resolve and after little over an hour on court Bencic wrapped up a 61 63 victory. “I didn’t feel nervous at all,” Bencic said. “I just played my game, and the first set I played pretty well; everything was working well.
[Link] http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3205979

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