Belinda Bencic dreams of adding to her Tokyo Olympic gold medal success by fighting for Switzerland in the BJK Cup in Prague.
The No. 10 has put the re-named Fed Cup event at the top of her priorities – even as she battles to rise into the year-end Top 8 to earn a place in Mexico at the one-off WTA Finals in high-altitude Guadalajara.
Bencic currently stands 17th in the season points race, with contenders for the final position separated by around 600 ranking points.
She said on Wednesday at the Indian Wells Masters that her two-pronged immediate goals are not incompatible.
Two years ago, she won the Moscow title to squeeze into the Finals played in Shenzhen, China and is hoping to do the same again in the coming weeks.
“I was chasing China, but I’m further back this season,” the 24-year-old said. “It will be more tricky now.
“But anything can happen, we are very close on points and there’s not a lot of difference.”
She then added: “But I want to do the best for Switzerland (first week of November in Prague), just like at the Olympics.”