Could it be Belinda Bencic’s year at the US Open? The Olympic champion is on great form and could cause an upset, writes GST’s Billy Cure

Introduction and last year
Belinda Bencic stands as the current Olympic champion and knows how to put anyone on the back foot.

The Swiss didn’t compete in 2020, but defeated Naomi Osaka in 2019. Often compared to Martina Hingis, could she be the next Swiss woman to win the US Open, 24 years later?

This season
It’s not been an outstanding year for Bencic at Grand Slams. A round three loss in Australia, a round two exit in France, and a round one loss at Wimbledon.

But hardly a month after Wimbledon, she went on to win the Olympics, the biggest win of her career.

She’s had good results in Adelaide (final), Madrid (quarter-final), and Berlin (final), all WTA 500 events. 

Belinda Bencic receives treatment during her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova in Melbourne in February. Photo: Tennis Australia/ JONATHAN DI MAGGIO

Positives
At 24, Bencic is a young player currently at the top of her game, with potential to get even better.

Fresh off her Olympic victory and capable of beating the best on her day, the US Open is a chance to attain a big result.

Belinda Bencic celebrates her quarter-final win in New York in 2019. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Negatives
She’s ranked 11th at the time of writing. She’s never gotten further than the semi-finals at a Grand Slam, admittedly at the US Open, but she’s only achieved this once. Her last title, not including the Olympics, was Moscow 2019.

Expectations
It’s clear to see that Bencic has potential and has proved herself at the Olympics, it’s time to see her perform at the grand slams. She could pull off a decent run here … or she could fall flat on her face in the early rounds.

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