Belinda Bencic Overtakes Serena Williams to the last WTA Finals Shenzhen Spot


Belinda Bencic has reached the Krelim Cup final to secure her eighth and final season of the WTA.

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Updated:October 19, 2019, 10:17 PM IST

Belinda Bencic Overtakes Serena Williams to the last WTA Finals Shenzhen Spot
Belinda Bencic reached the WTA Finals for the first time. (Photo Credit: @WTA)

Moscow: World number 10 Belinda Bencic secured her place in the WTA Finals in Shenzhen after a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic in the Kremlin Cup final on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Swiss needed to reach the finals and form of Kiki Bertens, who lost to Mladenovic in the quarter-finals, to prove her solitude in Shenzhen.

She formally secured the eighth and final place of the tournament by winning a record $ 14 million prize while confidently presenting her recovery from the Frenchman.

"It's a dream for me to compete in the WTA Finals and to be in the top eight," Bencic said.

“It is even more expensive for me to pay my ticket at the last possible moment.

"This game was under a lot of pressure and I was worried. I am now on the moon to succeed today and achieve this dream.

This is the first time Bencic has reached the WTA Finals where she will play Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina.

Bencic, who reached the US Open semifinal, said for the first time since 2015.

She also won the WTA event in Dubai and reached the final of the Mallorca Open.

Bencic will face either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Karolina Muchova in Sunday's final in Moscow.

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