Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic is one of young guns who has solidly paved their path to the WTA prominence and since today is her birthday, the most important one that officially ends childhood, I’ve decided to make a nice photo throwback to the fresh 18-year-old’s tennis beginnings.
Did you know that Belinda starting walking on the tennis court? 🙂 Here's what she said to the WTA some time ago:
My parents played tennis as a hobby, and sometimes they took me with them on court. I actually made my first steps on the tennis court. As soon as I was on court, I also wanted to try to play. I liked it straight away and played more and more from then on.
According to Belinda's official WTA biography, she started playing the sport at age four at Melanie Molitor's tennis school (that's Martina Hingis' mother), while three years later Belinda took her recreational activities more seriously, starting to train every day.
Belinda, who was born in Flawil, Switzerland, to parents who emigrated there in 1968 from then-Czechoslovakia, played her first WTA main draw match at Luxembourg in 2012, while her breakthrough came last season, which she started ranked at No.184, while after her best result to date, the 2014 US Open quarterfinals, Belinda broke into the Top 40. Currently she's ranked No.37, while her career high has been No.31.
For more childhood photos of women's tennis players, grab a coffee and enjoy our Little Tennis Stars section. (Belinda's baby photo via Tennis Trotteur)