Red hot Bencic blasts past Pav for Moscow title

Bencic’s efforts this week in Moscow confirmed her place in WTA Finals in Shenzhen  Photo WTA Tour

Belinda Bencic won her fourth career title and second this season on Sunday with a storming comeback in Moscow over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Bencic added honours in the Russian capital to her Dubai trophy from February as the 22-year-old solidified her place in the WTA Finals in Shanzhen which she clinched this week

The winner hammered eight aces and broke five times in one and three-quarter hours. She won 12 of the last 14 games in a massive turnaround effort. 

“It feels unbelievable right now. I still can’t imagine it,” Bencicsaid.

“I had no pressure going into this match. We were so happy yesterday, celebrating (Shenzhen year-end qualifying) and this is the cherry on top.”

Bencic, bothered over the past few seasons by injury, will return to seventh in the Monday rankings.

After going down an early break, Bencic saved three break points in one first-set game but later double-faulted to hand her opponent three set points.

The Swiss saved the first but was sunk by a second double to drop the opener in 49 minutes, 6-3.

The Swiss broke to start the second and consolidated for 2-0 and ran out to 4-1 as she broke Pavlyuchenkova to love.

Bencic levelled the match at a set apiece as Pavlyuchenkova double-faulted.

The third-seeded Swiss started strong in the final set with a love hold, winning 13 points in a row on the way to 2-0.

A third ace made it 3-0 as Bencic tightened her grip on the final.

The Swiss did not let up, winning her ninth game in a row with an ace for 5-0 as her opponent’s defences collapsed.

Bencic finally ceded a game for 5-1 but wrapped up the afternoon a game later. sending a winner into the corner for three match points before winning on her first opportunity.

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