WTA Toronto: Belindaaaa beats Serena! Plays Simona in the final

BencicWell hello there… that was quite a result to wake up to this morning! Belinda Bencic upset Serena Williams in the second of the 2015 Rogers Cup semi-finals, 3-6 7-5 6-4. I wish I could watch back the whole match but time is against me today. Bencic twice failed to serve out the match but then played a *tremendous* return game to break Serena and claim the biggest win of her career. There were very touching scenes at the end as Belinda couldn’t quite believe what she had done… also, where did those fireworks come from?!

Bencic has had a magnificent run in Toronto with wins over Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic AND Serena Williams. You’d be hard pushed to find a better slate of players in a draw path in terms of the quality but also the variety of game styles. I love that Belinda has such belief in herself and wasn’t overrawed by the fact that she was playing the world number one. When Serena mounted the comeback to get back to 4-5 in the third set and then dished out an ace on the first point it was hard to imagine that Belinda could come back from that… but she did… and in style.

Bencic plays Simona Halep in the final. If she were to prevail this would have to be one of the most perfect WTA draw paths ever!

After a rough couple of months, Halep has seen a return to form in Toronto where she is into her first final since winning the Premier Mandatory event at Indian Wells. Halep’s form since Miami had been disappointing when compared to the lofty standards she had set herself over the past year and a half. Her game never took off during the clay court season and confidence seemed to be an all-time low when she was bundled out of Wimbledon by Jana Cepelova in the very first round. When Halep stepped onto the court to play Jelena Jankovic in her first match of the week in Toronto, it had been well over a month since she had played competitive tennis. She looked fresh and rejuvenated as she secured her first win since Birmingham, a 6-3 6-3 victory over JJ.

Halep had a pair of three set victories over Angelique Kerber (6-3 5-7 6-4) and Agnieszka Radwanska (0-6 6-3 6-1), and then defeated Sara Errani in a hard fought semi-final, 6-4 6-4. Errani started brightly but made far too many errors to be in real contention. She battled hard but Halep’s better serving and use of angles helped her reach a first final in Canada. While the draw has been tricky since the first match, it’s been a favourable one for Halep in the sense that she hasn’t come up against a really aggressive hitter with the potential to blow her off the court. I’ll be the first to say I didn’t expect this run from Halep after such a dire few months; she’s really shown character to come through and her reactions after winning each match show how much these wins mean to her.

In their only previous match, Halep defeated Bencic, 6-4 6-1 at Wimbledon. Bencic has an alarmingly good record at overturning losses against the best players on tour. She’s now done it against Wozniacki, Ivanovic, Lisicki and Serena with the last three just at this tournament. Halep’s had a gruelling week and she said in her post-match interview after defeating Errani that she felt “completely dead now”. You get the impression that she honestly didn’t expect this to happen this week.

Bencic will be equally fatigued, both physically and mentally but she is on a ROLL. I’d fancy this to go three sets. The safe pick is Halep in three sets with all the experience but it does have that feeling of a fairytale run where everything goes out the window. For me, it will all depend on how Bencic recovers mentally from that win over Williams because this is a very quick turnaround against an opponent with a completely different game style.

Head says Simona, heart says Belinda.

29 thoughts on “WTA Toronto: Belindaaaa beats Serena! Plays Simona in the final

  1. Simona will win in 2 easy sets. whenr Simona is plaing at home nobody can win against her. Bencic is very young and I see her like a baby panda who enter on a ferocious tiger territory. The whole 40.000 attendance from Torornto are are all Halep fans and will demand from the start to bring glory to the romanian flag and the “head” of poor baby Bencic( which is from Switzerland but unfortunatly for her, her name sound somehow as hungarian, our best enemy so Halep will be mad and deadly) There is no better joy for an romanian that beating hungarians at soccer,tennis or anywhere else. 6-1, 6-2 Halepenoooooooooo!!!!

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    • Hey! Can I just point out that Belinda’s name is actually Slovakian? Her parents are from there and she also speaks the language.

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      • ohh..s…t, if Simona read this, Belinda will win for sure. There is no point for a romanian to beat a slovakian 😦

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    • its clear to me Vasile,you don‘t have a clue about playing tennis.although i agree Halep could win against Bencic if she does its not because the crowd or having hungarian or slovakian name.

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    • Such passion from you Halep fans. I foresee a lot of Simona fans in that stadium wiping their eyes in sorrow and going home unhappy. Aww *sniff sniff* Im actually rooting for Bencic so she can shut up the obnoxious Halep fans/army in the crowd. I hope the camera pans out to the crowd at some point so they can capture all you sad looking Romanians wiping your sad little faces.
      Bencic will conclude the greatest run EVER through a tournament in women’s history. Halepeno will run out of gas, Belinda has plenty still in the tank. Cant wait to see it. Belinda for the Win!!!

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      • Mark,you are the same type as Vasile.you both dont know much about tennis.to say Bencic has more gas in the tank then Halep its pure speculatian.i remember Halep winning IW and next week playing Miami till the semis where she lost after a good battle against Serena,lol

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      • Frankly speaking, Bencic is very similar to Halep. They both love long rallies to lure opponents making load of unforced errors in order to. If Serena is the current WTA benchmark, then beating her one match is not good enough to support the claim.

        It is all depend who makes the most unforced errors in the final. I think Halep will win this one. Bencic is good but she has spent all her luck in this tournament.

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  2. The Romanian fans will be out in full force in the final:) I like the way Halep has played this tournament,I think having Darren Cahill there has helped her all court game,she is taking the ball on,being offensive on the hard court.Bencic has defeated some top players on the way to the final,defeating Serena Williams is no easy task.In saying that I lean towards Halep to win in 3 sets.Hoping for a competitive final!

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  3. In the first set Belinda was nervous, she had too much respect. Especially in the last set (like against Lisicki) she showed strong mental skills.

    The crowd will be against her today, but she is on fire. So far Bencic impressed more at this tournament, but the experience will be with Halep. In my opinion this is a 50/50 matchup. In the future Belinda will be the clear favourite, because her potential is still not used 100% (for example 2nd serve). Let’s go Belinda! Finish this journey with style.

    @ Vasile: To cheer for the home country is okay (I do it also for Belinda), but your comment has no class. Hungarian? 40’000 attendance? 6-1, 6-2?

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  4. Frankly people face it. Bencic already won this tournament. It doesn’t matter what happens against Halep. . This is a let down after playing Williams. And thank God someone finally wesent the roid queen home. I’m just thankful that I won’t have to watch a final where everyone is falling over themselves telling us how wonderful Serena Williams is. Bencic now has a big place in my heart.

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    • Because she won one match against Serena? Maria and Ana did beat Serena but losing all their meetings after that…

      If Bencic can beat Serena a few times, I call her the real deal. I am surprised that everyone just reacted so quickly to jump on the bandwagon that is labelled “BB” – I am very sure it is not Bentley!

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  5. I was fortunate to see both semifinals, and both were okay, the more stable opponents came through. Halep seemed more strained than Bencic. Given Bencic’s style of play, and her ability to lull her opponent into long exchanges I feel she can draw more errors out of Halep. Unless Halep is really up for this final, Belinda will win this, likely in two sets.

    A number of the well known swiss female tennis players are of Eastern European Heritage, Bencic is of Slovak, Timea is of Hungarian and Romanian Heritage , even Hingis is of Czech Heritage. But, a good tennis player will always be a good tennis player regardless of their heritage or citizenship, everything else is a plus or a bonus.

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  6. James, in answer to your question about where the fireworks came from, it was a coincidence that the Para Pan Am games closing ceremonies were taking place beside the tennis venue. Very good timing though.

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  7. Incredible match yesterday. The commentary had it right. It’s so much easier to win against Serena if you don’t have the baggage of 10+ losses in a row. Bencic really showed that accuracy is the key to beating Serena, not power.
    I have seen some of the matches this week and I think Halep’s run is definitely surprising but it is, to a certain extent, also due to an easy draw. I am pretty sure that she would have lost against Kerber if Kerber hadn’t had played 8 matches in twelve days or so. She looked very exhausted especially at the end of the second and beginning of the third set. Also, Radwanska has been very disappointing. I really like her style of play but her inconsistency makes it really hard to watch.
    But, as you say, in the final all depends on how Bencic can concentrate. I think, unfortunately, it will be too hard for her. Halep wins in two.
    But anyway, in my opinion, it was a fantastic tournament. Quite a number of players must feel like they can go deep in the US open draw. Kerber, Azarenka, even Lisicki and of course the two finalists.

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  8. Serena was beaten by Serena, and handed the match to Bencic with lots of unforced errors. If Serena reduced the unforced errors in her normal business hours, she should have won the match. Anyway, Bencic won the match and credits should be given to her too.

    Unless something special happen in the final, Halep will win this title with ease.

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    • I agree with you 100 percent. Serena beat Serena. It reminded me of the Heather match. Serena played horrible, the worst I seen her play in her lifetime. 20 double fault, this girl didn’t beat Serena, Serena gave her the win. Halep in 2 easy set.

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  9. It’s to much for Bencic. She is 18 and the presure of the Halep fans will crush her morale from the start. Will be a surprise for me if she can finish the match. We have prepared some special songs and waves for this match and we have a lot of flares and trumpets. We also hope there will be some socios of Bencic to give us a good fight. Ole, Ola, Halepeno forever! Go,go Steaua!

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  10. Go back and read my original comment. Lots and lots of sad Hungarians. Hows the humble pie taste you guys? Hope its delicious 🙂

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  11. Gutsy effort from Halep to win the 2nd set in a t/breaker,she is clearly injured,she has not given up the fight.Not a great final so far by any means.lets see if she can win this in 3 sets,Bencic should have beaten her in straight sets.

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  12. Yesssss! I love being right about players.

    Now I hope Djokovic pulls through! He’s not looking anything close to his best though.

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    • although i‘m not a Halep fan,it‘s rude to celebrate after that victory of Bencic over Halep.she was clearly suffering and even in that condition she could‘ve win that match with a little luck

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      • Halep looked fresher in the first set than Bencic, who had already spent TEN hours on court over her week on singles alone.
        I don’t think Halep should been allowed to take so much time with the trainer because it really disrupted play on 4-6 different occasions.

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      • from your point of view,you look like a Halep hater:)i dont wanna argue with you but it looked to me she was really suffering even in the first set,lol

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      • Hey Lestat – I called it before it even started noob. Its clear you don’t know tennis like me rookie. Bencic +180 plus Murray +180, yeah you can say I made a killing today. Pretty sure my bank account says I know “thousands” more than you lol. You’re just a nobody loser and you’re lucky I responded. Later loser. I talk the talk and I backed it up.

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  13. ooooh…Mark,i watch tennis for almost 40 years now and youre right i still feel like a rookie:)as for youre bettings winnings,good for you:)i dont wanna be mean and say if you didnt add proof its never happened:)

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