Belinda Bencic (WTA 12) did not pick up the 5th title of her career on the grass of the Steffi Graf Stadion. His Berlin journey was, in fact, stopped in the final.
The St. Welshwoman was beaten 1-6 6-1 6-3 by Russian qualifier Liudmilla Samsonova (WTA 106) whom she faced for the first time. However, she had the favors of the prognosis even if her opponent had just signed 2 convincing victories against Madison Keys (WTA 28) and Victoria Azarenka (WTA 16). Belinda Bencic did not know how to surf on the winning of the 1st round, removed in just 28 minutes.
Liudmilla Samsonova quickly found the right rhythm on her first balls to arm a total of 14 aces. This efficiency allowed him to take control of the game. His ascendancy in the last 2 innings was very clear even if Belinda Bencic had to benefit from 3 balls of 4-4 in the 3rd set. Three bullets saved with authority by the Roman resident.
Belinda Bencic, who is no longer managed by her father Ivan but by the German Sebastian Sachs, probably reserves her decision on her presence at the Eastbourne tournament – the scene of her first title in 2015 – where she should find La Craote Petra Matic whom she beat in the round of 16 in Berlin.
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