Brilliant Belinda Bencic reveals plans for unique celebration after winning Dubai title
Belinda Bencic has won her third WTA title after upsetting world number four Petra Kvitova in the final of the Dubai Championships.
The 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 success completes a stunning week for the Swiss, who beat four current top ten players en-route to claiming the title.
The impressive run had earlier seen her dismiss world number two Simona Halep, world number six Elina Svitolina, and ninth-ranked Aryna Sabalenka.
“This is amazing. I just tried to put as many balls back as possible to create pressure,” said Bencic.
“I feel great. We worked a lot on my fitness, so maybe that was the secret.
On her incredible run of impressive scalps this week, Bencic added: “I’m not coming into this tournament thinking about winning at all.
“It’s really seeing who I play first round. You just see the first round, and try to win that.
“After I beat Stefanie Voegele, to be in the third round, the tournament was great for me, solid.
“To beat Sabalenka was a bonus. I didn’t have to beat her. She’s Top 10, she had the pressure.
“I have huge respect for Petra because she’s amazing player.
“She’s such a champion. I really didn’t believe all the match that I can beat her.
“Really, that was my mentality. I was just trying to get from point to point, getting closer, getting closer. I was not thinking too far ahead.”
Bencic has decided to celebrate in an conventional way before heading home, with a skydive!
“Skydiving is on my to-do list. We have to do it anyway in my life. We can do it now.
“It’s the first thing we will do in the morning.
“I’m providing a lot of heart attacks on the court. Now I’m going to provide heart attacks off the court.”
More from Tennis365:
Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open due to lingering injury
The world number three said her “hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay”.
Coronavirus surge forces further restrictions on Roland Garros spectator numbers for French Open
Only 5,000 fans a day permitted.
Johanna Konta bagels Begu to march impressively into third round at Italian Open
The British number into round three.
‘I feel comfortable on clay, I always have,’ says Simona Halep as she targets Roland Garros repeat
Romanian happy to be back.
Novak Djokovic confirms he has spoken to ATP as he pushes ahead with Players Association plans
Serb says PTPA is misunderstood.
‘It was a great match – I am thrilled,’ says Jannik Sinner after youngster downs Stefanos Tsitsipas
Youngster making inroads.
Fed Cup rebranded as the Billie Jean King Cup to recognise legend’s trailblazing role in tennis
The historic competition has a new name.