Belinda Bencic (WTA 18) survives in Madrid a hard Fight. In 2:06 hours, she wrestles Ex-world number 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova (WTA 101) with 7:6 (7:4), 2:6, 6:3 .

The Match from the beginning, extremely balanced. “The game was very difficult. I think we both played well, it was definitely a Match to a high level.”

Bencics courage is rewarded

In the deciding set Bencic, with Break, collected immediately Rebreak, only to again strike back. The last Game to get the 22-Year-old then to Zero. The key is in the decision set? “I said to myself that I must go on my punches. I must be brave, and if I lose, then okay. But I need to take it into my own hands.”

The Rest is history, Bencic wins against the French Open champion of 2009. Bencic: “I’m so happy. I’m so proud that I have you beaten on the Sand.”

In the eighth-final meets Bencic now on Katerina Kozlowa (Ukr) or Karolina Pliskova (CH). (sme)