Belinda Bencic has credited her mental strength after edging out Rebecca Peterson in the opening round of the Mallorca Open.
Bencic is making her first appearance at the tournament, although she has a very good record on grass after winning Eastbourne and reaching the final of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
She was made to work for her victory by Peterson, but Bencic had enough to come away with a 7-5, 6-4 win.
“It felt very nice to be back on grass after a hard-fought victory today,” Bencic said after the match.
“It was a very difficult match, only the little details decided it.
“On grass, it’s always important to stay mentally strong, and I’m glad I did that today.”
“I always adjust pretty good from clay to grass, because grass is very natural for me and clay isn’t.
“So for me the transition has been good. I find it harder to adjust after, from grass to hardcourts.”
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