Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Martina Hingis teamed up for the deciding doubles rubber of their country’s World Group Fed Cup tie against Germany on Sunday, finishing the thrilling weekend with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Andrea Petkovic and Anna-Lena Groenefeld. We all know that Bencic is just 18 years old and that Hingis is 35, but today at Tennis Forum I came across this wonderful old photo that really puts things in perspective.
Isn’t this cute? Tiny little Belinda with Martina who was already a Grand Slam champion at the time. Actually, Belinda was not even born when Martina won her first major!
Belinda started playing tennis at age four at the tennis school of Martina Hingis’ mother Melanie Molitor.
After beating Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4 to open the Fed Cup tie against Germany, Bencic stunned the fresh Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 7-6(4) 6-3 and then proudly took the court with Hingis, current world No.1 in doubles, to take Switzerland to the triumph in Leipzig.
You see, we don’t need the division into the old guard and the new guard, as high-quality tennis recognizes no age!
Some time ago I shared with you similar two old photos of Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams, just one of dozens of posts in my Little Tennis Stars series.