Belinda Bencic Voted WTA Newcomer of the Year

Coming off of Borna Coric’s (VCORE Tour 97POLYTOUR SPINATP Star of Tomorrow Award, another YONEX youngster was honored for her incredible performance in 2014, with Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR HS 125) voted as the WTA Newcomer of the Year on November 17. Players bestowed with this honor are voted for by members of the media and fans, with Belinda receiving a staggering 56 of 58 media votes, and 45% percent of the fan vote. The player behind Belinda won 23% of the fan vote.

Belinda boasted amazing development as a player throughout the 2014 season. Displaying phenomenaltalent as a junior with wins in Grand Slam junior tournaments, the 17-year-old turned pro in 2012, and ended her 2013 season at world No. 212. However, 2014 saw the Swiss player rise up through the ranks in a big way, opening the year by winning against tennis vet Kimiko Date-Krumm (S-FIT, POLYTOUR SPIN) in the Australian Open.

April saw her reach the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, USA, followed by reaching the third round at Wimbledon some months later. But where the 17-year-old really impressed was at the US Open, securing match wins against two Top 10 players in straight sets—including YONEX’s Angelique Kerber (VCORE Si 100)—en route the quarterfinals, becoming the youngest player to place that high at the tournament since the great Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125SHT-PRO). Furthermore, her Top 10 wins at that Grand Slam were also her first. The EZONE Ai ambassador then went on to close her season by reaching her first WTA final at the Tianjin Open.

“It's a great honor and privilege to have been voted the WTA's Newcomer Of The Year for 2014. It has been a challenging and rewarding year for me and I hope to be able to build on my success from 2014 in the future,” said the young Swiss rising star on the WTA website.

Now standing at No. 32 in the world, Belinda only aims to reach higher, and had this to say about the upcoming season on the WTA website, “I hope to make as much progress in 2015 as I did this year. Thank you for voting for me!”

Belinda is proving to be one of the WTA’s most exciting players, so be sure to keep your eyes on her as she continues her rise to the top!