At the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, Belinda Bencic secured her country two medals: singles gold and doubles silver. The results were undoubtedly the highlight of her successful career.
At tour-level events, Bencic has excelled, winning two WTA 1000s and reaching eleven WTA 500 finals since 2015. However, at the Grand Slam level, Bencic has not yet achieved her potential. At least, not yet.
The best success she has had at a major is at the US Open. Bencic has reached the quarterfinals or better on three occasions. But, she has never been beyond the fourth round at the other majors.
Belinda Bencic is number 7 on the list of top ten players yet to win a major
This is puzzling, as Bencic has been successful on all surfaces on tour. If I had to guess why she has not made deeper runs at the majors, I would surmise that it is because she lacks a massive weapon.
Many analysts liken Bencic’s game to that of Swiss legend Martina Hingis. Both Bencic and Hingis are cerebral players who like to work the point and outmaneuver their opponent rather than hit through them.
However, the women’s game has evolved over the decades into one (usually) dominated by power. Bencic is capable of hitting big, especially off her backhand, but she typically cannot outhit the biggest hitters in the game.
That being said, Bencic has the game to disrupt anyone on tour. The Olympic gold and two 1000s titles show that she has the goods to beat the game’s best. Not to mention, she is still only 26 years old. Don’t be too surprised if Bencic makes a push at Wimbledon or the US Open in the near future.
Likelihood to win a major: Possible
Top 10 Countdown So Far:
Number 10 – Paula Badosa
Number 9 – Maria Sakkari
Number 8 – Coco Gauff
Number 7 – Belinda Bencic