Talk about winning in style. Although the 2015 Rogers Cup women’s singles final ended with a disappointing retirement, in no way does that diminish what Belinda Bencic accomplished this week. She beat former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, another former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki, another former world number one Ana Ivanovic, current world number one Serena Williams and current world number three Simona Halep. It’s Belinda’s 3rd final and 2nd title since June. There are many young talents on tour at the moment, but perhaps Bencic is beginning to separate herself from the others. Although she doesn’t hit quite as hard as Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens or Madison Keys, Bencic is far steadier and less prone to beat herself. And if you underestimate her, she does have sneaky power. Last year, as a 17 year old, she made a quarterfinal run at the US Open. Depending on her draw, she certainly seems capable of repeating that run this year.
BELINDA BENCIC (won 7-6 (5) 6-7 (4) 3-0 retired vs 2 Simona Halep)