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"Wouldn’t mind if we played on the moon": Bencic sets focus on landing WTA Finals spot
The world No. 10 withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open just days before her first-round match due to a knee injury.
Published Oct 11, 2021
While Ashleigh Barty is on the ropes about playing this year's WTA Finals, Belinda Bencic is doing anything and everything it takes to compete in the Top 8 players only tournament. Unfortunately the Swiss player was forced to withdraw from Indian Wells last week ahead of her first-round match due to a knee injury.
Not playing in the California desert will certainly hurt her chances of competing at the exclusive event, but she remains hopeful.
“I would be very happy to make it to the top eight in the Race.
“I wouldn’t mind if we played on the moon! It might be a little bit different to usual [in Guadalajara], but when I played in the last WTA Finals in Shenzhen I found the conditions were very special. It was the slowest court I’ve ever played on," Bencic said to press at Indian Wells.
With Barty contemplating on going to Guadalajara, this could possibly see Bencic qualify for the event. The Aussie's coach Craig Tyzzer is not happy about the location of the WTA Finals along with the various conditions, such as: altitude and pressureless balls.
“Pressureless balls absolutely fly. It’s a ball that if you use it in normal conditions, it doesn’t bounce. In conditions they’ve never played, in a country they don’t play and at altitude, I just feel it’s ridiculous," Tyzzer told media.
For Bencic none of these factors mean a thing and she's willing to adapt.
“We’re tennis players. We always have to adapt to different conditions. Every week it might look very similar on TV, but it’s not. We’re used to always having to adapt," she said.
As of now Barty along with Karolina Pliskova, Aryna Sabalenka, and Barbora Krejcikova have secured their spots. The other four remain up for grabs.