Belinda Bencic is a professional tennis player from Switzerland who was born on March 10, 1997, in Flawil, Switzerland. She is right-handed and began playing tennis at the age of two with her father, Ivan Bencic, who is her primary coach.
Bencic first gained attention on the professional circuit in 2013 when she won the French Open and Wimbledon junior titles, becoming the first player to win both titles in the same year since Amelie Mauresmo in 1996. She turned professional in 2014 and quickly climbed the rankings, winning her first WTA title at the 2015 Eastbourne International.
In 2016, Bencic reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the world after winning two WTA titles and reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open. However, she struggled with injuries in the following years and dropped in the rankings.
Bencic made a comeback in 2019, winning the Dubai Tennis Championships and reaching the semifinals of the US Open, where she lost to eventual champion Bianca Andreescu. In 2021, she won the gold medal in women’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics, defeating Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the final. She also won the Adelaide International title and reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2021.
Bencic is known for her all-around game, with a solid baseline game and good footwork. She also has a strong mental game, which has helped her in tight matches. Off the court, Bencic enjoys playing table tennis and reading books.