Belinda Bencic cruised to her first clay court final Saturday, taking down Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-3. She’ll face off against Ons Jabeur, who mounted a comeback against Amanda Anisimova in her own semifinal.
The defending Olympic gold medalist and world No. 21, Bencic will be playing in her 14th WTA Tour singles final.
A first clay-court WTA final coming up for Belinda! 🧱🇨🇭 @BelindaBencic defeats Alexandrova to set up a showdown with Jabeur or Anisimova for the Charleston title.#CharlestonOpen pic.twitter.com/GaN9inSFaN— wta (@WTA) April 9, 2022
A first clay-court WTA final coming up for Belinda! 🧱🇨🇭 @BelindaBencic defeats Alexandrova to set up a showdown with Jabeur or Anisimova for the Charleston title.#CharlestonOpen pic.twitter.com/GaN9inSFaN
Alexandrova didn’t go down without a fight, pulling back from being down 4-1 to 4-4 in the first set. But Bencic won three-fourths of her first service points while also winning on 68 percent of Alexandrova’s second service points.
Bencic managed five aces and won 71 percent of her first service points.
In the other semifinal, Anisimova took a commanding lead in the first set before Jabeur fought back in the second and third sets, winning 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The world No. 10 had to stage multiple comebacks to secure the win over 47th-ranked Anisimova. Sunday will be Jabeur’s first WTA final of the year and just her second overall.
Both will be seeking their first clay court singles title. Bencic took the only match the two have taken, winning via retirement in the round of 16 at Madrid last season.