Belinda Bencic is the new superstar of Switzerland; the 24-year-old reached the height no other Swiss tennis player has achieved in their career. Belinda won the gold medal at the Olympics in the singles tennis competition.
The first gold-medalist Swiss tennis player, Belinda Bencic, got her victory after defeating Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic by 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, at the Tokyo Games for the first major title of her career.
Belinda Bencic Wiki / Bio
The pro-Swiss tennis player was born in Flawil on March 10, 1997, to her parents, father, Ivan Bencic, and mother, Dana Bencic. According to her profile, both of her parents were from Czechoslovakia but later moved to Switzerland to flee Warsaw Pact Invasion by the Soviet Union.
According to NY Times’ Christopher Clarey, Belinda Bencic’s father, Ivan Bencic, was the one who inspired his daughter to play tennis. When the pro-Swiss player was just five, Ivan contacted a fellow Czech immigrant Melanie Molitor, mother of Martina Hingis, for coaching advice. In fact, Martina Hingis was always Belinda’s role model for being a tennis player.
Belinda Bencic Career / Net Worth
The Olympic gold-medalist, Bencic, began competing on the ITF Junior circuit back in 2010 at the age of 13 and was the number one player during the time. After two years, the 24-year-old won two high-level events at the Czech International Junior Indoor championship and the Open International Junior de Beaulieu-Sur-Mer.
Her professional career started in 2014; as the newcomer of the year at the US Open quarterfinals. By the time, Belinda was just 17 years old. As time went by, the pro-Swiss tennis player progressed level and made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open.
2020-2021 season has been kind to the tennis player; with the start of the season, she made it to the quarterfinals of 2020 Adelaide, reached the third round of the 2020 Australian open, made it to the quarterfinals in Doha ad St. Petersburg and reached the career-high rank of no. 4.
Progress never stopped for the 24-year-old; just in February of this year, she reached the final of the WTA 500 2021 Adelaide International event, reached her second final at the Berlin Open, and won the gold at Tokyo Olympics. It is estimated Belinda Bencic has a net worth of $5 million as of 2021.
Belinda Bencic Boyfriend 2021
Belinda Bencic is dating her longtime boyfriend, Martin Hromkovic. The couple is dating since 2018 and is pretty open about their relationship. They often post pictures of them together on social media.
Recently, Belinda Bencic boyfriend, Martin Hromkovic, congratulated his girlfriend on his Instagram. The trainer took to his profile to upload a picture of him and Belinda following the Swiss player’s win against Marketa Vondrousova. She could be seen holding the gold medal and a bouquet.
Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova (Controversy)
Belinda Bencic, as we all know by now, is the Olympic gold medalist following her victory against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. She dedicated her win to Swiss tennis stars Roger Federer and her role model, Martina Hingis.
However, Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova match was full of controversy; the 24-year-old Belinda was criticized for a controversial medical timeout in the Women’s singles gold medal match.
Gotta change that medical timeout rule. Bencic's "toe injury" changed the whole match.
— Stillwater (@StillwaterCol) July 31, 2021
Aussie commentator Rennae Stubbs during the match, said, “This is a pivotal time to call a trainer. You should have to do this before you serve. This is an obvious blister. In my opinion, you shouldn’t be allowed to do this before your opponent’s serve. This is called icing the server down on the other end.”
Some also were critical of the rule that allowed the 24-year-old to take the medical timeout. One said, ‘I only wish Belinda Bencic hadn’t frozen Vondrousova with a medical timeout for a toe blister; I hate that tennis rules allow for that.”