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A winning weekend for #TeamYonex as Shapovalov and Bencic take titles

Date
21 October 2019

It was an impressive weekend in the world of tennis for #TeamYonex as several of our stars took home titles!


STOCKHOLM — Earlier this week, Denis Shapovalov (CAN) qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals for the third time in his career. The 20-year-old has been one of the brightest young players on the ATP Tour but had yet to win an ATP title until Sunday.

Shapovalov snapped his streak of seven semifinal appearances without advancing to the finals with a straight-set victory over Yuichi Sugita at the Stockholm Open.

“I think he played really well at the beginning,” said Shapovalov, who battled nerves early in the match. “I've played a lot of semis it feels like, so it's really exciting to be into my first final.”

In the finals, Shapovalov faced Serbian Filip Krajinovic for their first career meeting. Going into the match with a lot of unknowns, Shapovalov was locked in from the beginning.

The Canadian secured an early break in the opening set and dropped only two points on serve to take the first set, 6-4. At 4-4 in the second set, Shapovalov secured his second break of the match, giving himself the opportunity to serve for the championship.

Relying on his serve the entire match, Shapovalov saved his best for last, jumping out to a 40-0 lead in the final game. He converted on his first match point to win his maiden ATP title, 6-4, 6-4.

“I told myself as long as I keep taking care of my serve I will be okay,” said Shapovalov, who returns to the top-30 after his performance this week. “In the second set, it was a little bit tough. I had a lot of deuce games on his serve and I wasn’t able to convert. I just kept fighting and stayed patient - sooner or later I was able to get the break.”

Shapovalov returns to the court in Vienna for the Erste Bank Open before heading to Milan for the Next Gen ATP Finals.

MOSCOW — After winning her second WTA title of the year at the Kremlin Cup in Russia, Belinda Bencic (SUI) called her performance in the finals "the cherry on top."

Bencic was a last-minute addition to the field in Moscow, needing to reach the finals to qualify for the Shiseido WTA Finals in Shenzhen. In her opening round match, Bencic found herself down 0-3 in the deciding set before rallying back with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

In the quarterfinals, Bencic came back from 1-4 down in the opening set and saved two set points to force a tiebreaker. Eclipsing the one-hour mark in the match, Bencic finally secured the first set 10-8 in a tiebreaker and carried that momentum into the second, escaping with a 7-6, 6-1 win.

With her 2019 season riding on her semifinal match, the 22-year-old admitted how nervous she was before stepping on the court. However, Bencic kept her emotions in check from the beginning and advanced in straight-sets.

“I stepped up my game when I had to, just really focused on myself,” said Bencic. “I knew it was just one match away, and it was a unique opportunity.”

In the finals, Bencic again rallied from a set down and won 12 of the last 14 games to wrap up her stay in Moscow with the trophy. With her victory, the 22-year-old climbed three spots in the rankings to match her career-high of 7.

How Bencic secured her first appearance at the year-end championships:

  • US Open Semifinalist - her first career semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam
  • Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Champion - where she defeated four top-10 players en route to the title
  • Finalist at the Mallorca Open
  • Semifinal appearances at two WTA Premier Mandatory events - BNP Paribas Open and the Mutua Madrid Open

"It means the world to me,” said Bencic after qualifying. Obviously, it was a big goal this season, particularly after I started it so strongly, and having put myself in a position to reach the WTA Finals, I’m so happy now to have reached it.”

Elsewhere in Antwerp, Belgium, Stan Wawrinka (SUI) reached the final of the European Open before losing out 6-3, 4-6, 4-6 to Andy Murray (GBR). 

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