At simply 24-years-old, Belinda Bencic is nothing wanting a powerhouse on the tennis courtroom.
Not solely does the Swiss skilled tennis participant have a rating of quantity 4 by the Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation, she’s an Olympic champion, having gained a gold medal on the Tokyo Video games.
Having not too long ago gained one other accolade so as to add to the record, Belinda was the runner-up on the fourth installment of the ladies’s singles Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Forward of her UAE debut, we caught up with the tennis powerhouse to debate going professional, being a gold medal winner and the way she hopes to encourage different ladies in sport.
Welcome to the UAE! How does it really feel to be participating on this 12 months’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship?
I’ve watched the Championship on TV previously and subsequently I’m much more excited to be there in particular person this time. I’m additionally wanting ahead to visiting Abu Dhabi, I’ve heard it’s an incredible metropolis and I’ve by no means been there earlier than so actually excited!
Your skilled profession in tennis started seven years in the past. What was it first like getting into the skilled area at simply 17-years-old?
I used to be very younger after all, I really performed in skilled tournaments on the age of 14 years previous, so I’ve been on the Tour for a really very long time. It’s very nice as I used to be capable of expertise quite a lot of totally different conditions and I take advantage of these experiences to my benefit. If somebody joins the Tour at a later stage, it takes time to adapt to every part and to create new experiences. I’m joyful I began at a younger age, my profession has been nice to date and I’ve been capable of obtain nice issues. That being mentioned, I’ve a whole lot of massive objectives and I’m wanting ahead to ticking these off the record.
Now, seven years on, what would you say the primary highlights out of your profession have been to this point?
Profitable a gold for my nation through the Olympics was big and undoubtedly certainly one of my profession highlights. On one other notice, collaborating in a Grand Slam on the US Open and performing nicely was nice however I do wish to return and play even higher subsequent time. I wish to get nearer to profitable a title. The French Cup was very good and naturally, being quantity 4 on the earth is so rewarding. Nonetheless, I’ve to say, the Olympics has to take the cake.
How do you hope to encourage different ladies?
It comes naturally. I’ve all the time been impressed by feminine tennis gamers and the way they’ve been in a position to deal with every part on the Tour. As a baby, you all the time have a job mannequin and I really feel I’m inspiring youngsters already. As girl empowerment is so prevalent now, it’s good that I can contribute to that by enjoying one of many main ladies’s sports activities. I’m actually joyful to be part of this and encourage anybody who desires to play. Each girl has the chance to do no matter she desires and have nice aspirations so I’m joyful to be a small a part of the larger image.
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