MALLORCA, Spain – No.3 seed Belinda Bencic came back from a set down to knock out reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber at the Mallorca Open, 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.
The Dubai champion fired 40 winners and seven aces against the former World No.1 en route to her second WTA final of the year.
Her reward will be a clash with up-and-coming American Sofia Kenin, who took down Anastasija Sevastova in three sets earlier in the day. It will be the pair’s first meeting.
But a spot in the final looked far away as the top seeded Kerber wasted no time in taking control of proceedings at Pista Central, breaking early to establish a 2-0 lead. Bencic created a pair of break chances of her own a few games later, seeking the quick break back, but Kerber held firm to make it 3-1.