Belinda Bencic reaches first WTA Final of Career; Renata Voracova Wins at Japan Women’s Open

The up-and-coming Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR HS 125) finished her last tournament of the season on a high note, reaching the first WTA final of her career at the Tianjin Open in China this past Sunday, October 12th. Right off the bat Belinda had a great start as she defeated local Zhu Lin in 81 minutes, winning 73% of her first serve points, as well as saving four break points while winning six. The final score was 7-5, 6-2.

The quarterfinal match saw Belinda against Hsieh Su-Wei (RDS002 Tour, POLYTOUR PRO 130, TOUR SUPER SOLID-X 125), where the 17-year-old Swiss continued to excel. While the YONEX player from Chinese Taipei did her best to get the edge over her Swiss rival by hitting three aces and taking the match to a deciding set, it was Belinda who came out on top. The US Open quarterfinalist hit five aces, won 79% of her first serve points, and broke her opponent’s serve six times, winning with a final score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. The final placed Belinda against American Alison Riske. Belinda played fiercely, leveling the match after being lead 6-3, 4-1 by winning three straight games in a row, and managed to hold a break point in the following game. While Belinda was unable to win the title, she reached a new milestone in her career making it to her first WTA final.

Renata Voracova Wins at Japan Women’s Open

At the Japan Women’s Open VCORE player Renata Voracova (VCORE Xi 100) cruised through to another WTA doubles title to add to her collection, defeating fellow VCORE player Tatjana Maria (VCORE Xi 100) and her partner Lara Arruabarrena in the final. Along with her Japanese partner Shuko Aoyama, the unseeded pair won the tournament without dropping a single set. Renata and her partner met the top-seeded Chan sisters in the semifinal, grabbing a swift 79-minute win, and saving an incredible ten break points. The final score was 6-4, 6-3. In the final against Tatiana and Lara, the two boasted further excellent performance, sealing the match in 52 minutes at 6-1, 6-2.

As the season comes to a close, we here at YONEX are looking forward to more great news from players who use our gear!

Tournament Results

Tianjin Open

Women’s Singles [Final]

[6]Alison Reske (USA) def. [3] Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR HS 125) SUI) 6-4, 6-3

Japan Women’s Open

Women’s Doubles [Final]

Renata Voracova (VCORE Xi 100) CZE)/Shuko Aoyama (JPN) def. Tatjana Maria (VCORE Xi 100) (GER)/Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-2, 6-1

*Photo of Belinda taken at the 2014 US Open