Belinda Bencic withdraws from the French Open

Belinda Bencic withdraws from the French Open

Due an ongoing lower back injury, eighth-ranked Belinda Bencic has announced her withdrawal from the French Open.

Liliana Martinez

Belinda Bencic has withdrawn from the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, with a lower back injury she has been dealing since March. She will be replaced in the main draw by Lauren Davis. It has been a mixed year for the eighth-ranked, who made her top 10 debut this year. The Swiss who was forced to miss the Fed Cup because of the injury haven't won a match since her second-round win over Davis at Indian Wells in three sets.

Past Roland Garros Results

As a junior, Bencic has great results having won the French Open in 2013. Ranked 80th in the world, Bencic was granted a direct acceptance into the main draw of the 2014 French Open, but lost in the first round against Venus Williams in straight sets. Last year, she won her first match at Roland Garros having defeated Daniela Hantuchova before falling against Madison Keys in the second round.

This would have been the first time Bencic would’ve been seeded at the French Open.

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland returns a shot against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the BNP Paribas Open (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

A Mixed Year for Bencic

Early in 2016, Bencic suffered an upset by Samantha Crawford in the second round of the Brisbane International. She reached the semifinals at the Apia International Sydney but was forced to retire due an illness. Then she reached the fourth round at the Australian Open where she lost to Maria Sharapova. She also her first final of the year at St. Petersburg and thanks of that she ensured a place at the Top 10.

She suffered early losses in Dubai and Doha to lower-ranked players.  At Indian Wells she struggled to win her first match against Davis, eventually falling against Magdaléna Rybáriková in the third round. She later withdrew from Miami after just five games against Kristyna Pliskova. At Charleston, she lost against Elena Vesnina. After that last loss, Bencic announced she would skip four weeks to recover and this meant losing the Fed Cup semifinal tie against the Czech Republic. Switzerland went on to loss 3-2. Since then, Bencic hasn’t played a match.