Belinda Bencic’s winning streak ends while Serena Williams cruises through

A right forearm injury forced Swiss teen Belinda Bencic to withdraw after she dropped the first set against seventh-seeded Lucie Safarova.


Earlier, Belinda Bencic’s winning streak ended in Cincinnati as she withdrew from her match against Lucie Safarova due to a wrist injury.

The top-ranked Serb rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set to a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over David Goffin on Thursday, reaching the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open. This was the first I’ve ever had to retire. “I just wasn’t 100 percent today, and to beat Lucie or even compete against her, you need to be 100 percent”.

Federer would lose just seven points on serve in the match, and Anderson was unable to delay the inevitable as the second seed secured his third break of the second set by converting match point at the fourth attempt to progress.

That, she explained, meant “holistic medicines and stuff”, adding: “I kind of really want to focus on that in my field, and I think it’s also healthier and better”.

Bencic said she and her team will make a decision on whether to play in next week’s WTA tournament in New Haven with the Open starting on August 31. “I was hoping that a lot of (therapy) would help, but I couldn’t do it”.

Serena Williams dominated Karin Knapp to claim her 45th win of the year as she cruised into the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Bencic lasted for only 33 minutes and was seen once by the trainer during the match with Safarova.

Elsewhere, Alexandr Dolgopolov defeated Jerzy Janowicz 6-3 3-6 6-4, and Tomas Berdych hammered Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-1.


“It’s a pleasure to play that way because it doesn’t happen very often that you feel this good”, said Federer, who had only eight unforced errors.

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland returns the ball to Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament