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Wimbledon: Bencic’s race to catch up was in vain – Golubic continued easily, Laaksonen out

published28. June 2022, 14:52

Even the second day at Wimbledon brings no luck to most Swiss people. Belinda Bencic, who ended her first round game on Monday, was eliminated early.

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That can’t be true: Belinda Bencic has already failed at Wimbledon.

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She saved herself from a premature end on Monday.  The game was adjourned when the score was 1-1.

She saved herself from a premature end on Monday. The game was adjourned when the score was 1-1.

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But on Tuesday the Chinese Qiang Wang made short work of it and won the third set 6:2.

But on Tuesday the Chinese Qiang Wang made short work of it and won the third set 6:2.

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Belinda Bencic had a lot of trouble with her opponent Qiang Wang (WTA 140) on Monday. The experienced Chinese put on an impressive performance and didn’t give the Swiss a chance at the beginning. But Bencic came back impressively in the second set after being 2:5 behind and saved himself with 4:6 and 7:5 in the next tournament day. This is because it got too dark for a third set on Monday evening. A little over an hour and a half was played.

On Tuesday, the eastern Swiss conceded the break at the start of the third set. The 25-year-old ran after this lost service game, she made far too many mistakes. When the score was 1: 3, Bencic conceded the second break, the game seemed lost for the second time. But this time it was definitely: Bencic lost the third set 2:6 and was eliminated early.

Golubic makes short work of it

Viktorija Golubic (WTA 58) didn’t show any trouble at the start. The Zurich native defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-3 in the first round. After 75 minutes, the Swiss world number 58 converted their first match point. Her opponent, who was one place better, gave up the serve four times and made too many slight mistakes.

Golubic will meet Belgian Maryna Zanevska (WTA 68) or Czech Barbora Krejcikova (WTA 14) in the second round on Thursday.

Teichmann with too many own mistakes

The Swiss seeded Jil Teichmann, number 18, failed at the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 2: 6, 3: 6. 34 unforced errors were simply too many for the Biel native.

Ritschard with a strong fighting performance

Alexander Ritschard (ATP 188) was the clear outsider against Stefanos Tsitsipas. But at the beginning of the game, David set the tone against Goliath and was ahead with a break. But it wasn’t enough to win the set. The 28-year-old from Zurich did it in the third round. He just didn’t give up and demanded everything from the world number 5. In the end, however, Ritschard had to admit defeat in four hard-fought sets.

Hüsler fights back and still loses

Marc-Andrea Hüsler was 0:2 behind after two sets, the end seemed a done deal. But the 26-year-old fought and secured sets three and four. And even in the deciding set, the game was balanced for a long time. In the end, however, the lucky loser Hugo Grenier had the upper hand with 6:4. The Frenchman was able to use his third match point because Hüsler put the ball wide. Not a good reward for the Zurich player after three hours and 38 minutes of fighting. From a Swiss perspective, the end result is: 3: 6, 6: 7, 7: 6, 6: 2, 4: 6.

Laaksonen loses against lower-ranked opponents

Actually, Henri Laaksonen was the slight favorite on paper. The Swiss is currently the world number 96, his opponent, the Brit Ryan Peniston, the 135. The Swiss never had a chance of victory, he lost clearly 4: 6, 3: 6, 2: 6. After two hours, the adventure on the holy lawn was already over for the 30-year-old Swiss with Finnish roots.

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