Ranked no. 23, Belinda was on a great 8-matches winning streak after she won Dubai and she reached the 4th round in Indian Wells and it was clear that she was a big hurdle for Naomi Osaka.
Belinda started the match in the best possible way after she broke Naomi at 15 in the very first game before conquering an outstanding 5-1 lead. At that point, Naomi tried to stage a proper comeback to get closer and closer to the Swiss and reach a 3-5 30-0 scoreline after dropping just 3 points in the previous 2 games. Unfortunately for the Japanese, that was the beginning of the end since she wasn’t able to hold her serve to lose 7 of the following 8 games.
Belinda won the match 6-3 6-1 in just 65 minutes.
.@BelindaBencic knocks out World No. 1 Osaka, 6-3, 6-1!
— WTA (@WTA) March 13, 2019
Bencic playing like a world no.1
In the last 2 tournaments, Belinda has won 9 matches defeating the likes of Aryna Sabalenka, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, and Naomi Osaka. That is absolutely top class.
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