Švajcarska teniserka Belinda Benčič kaže da joj nije bilo lako da se izbori sa pritiskom na početku karijere – ušla je među najboljih 10 sa 19 gpdina, posle Sankt Peterburga 2006. godine.
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“Za mene je bila velika muka da se izborim sa pritiskom što sam rano postala Top 10 igračica. Verujem da me je tada telo teralo da se odmorim, da nešto nije bilo u redu i da sam se zato povredila. Mislim da se sve to desilo s razlogom. Naučila sam mnogo o sebi dok sam se ponovo probijala, više cenim tenis i istinski verujem da bih bila potpuno iscrpljena za nekoliko godina da nije bilo te povrede, da bih se istrošila“, kaže 23-godišnja Benčičova.
Potom Švajcarkinja opisuje ozbiljne probleme sa ručnim zglobom, operaciju, pad na 350. mesto na WTA listi...
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“It was a huge struggle to deal with the pressure of becoming top 10 in the world early on. I truly believe that once I made it there my body was forcing me to take some time off, that something wasn’t right, and that’s why I got injured. I think it all happened for a reason. I learned so much about myself and this sport while working my way back. I appreciate tennis more. I fully believe that if I didn’t get injured I would be completely exhausted in a few years. It would have only been a matter of time until I felt burnt out so I am happy it happened now. I was lucky to gain this experience while I was still extremely young and ready to fight back. I broke into the top 10 for the first time at St. Petersburg in 2016. Then soon came Miami where I got my first injury, which led to many others. A severe wrist problem came and I tried to avoid surgery while playing for nine months. April 2017, I finally decided to get it done. I was out for about six months and my ranking dropped to 350. Tennis is super difficult because you never stay where you are, you are either going up or down. As a junior, you just play, everything is exciting and new. You have nothing to lose, you don’t overthink anything. While I moved to the top of the sport I just felt too young for all of it. The media attention is something you cannot prepare for, especially if you aren’t naturally open like I am. I never had to deal with something not going my way in my career, and now any failure was directly in the spotlight. I didn’t enjoy simply playing tennis anymore. I was never one that wanted to be in the spotlight off the court. It was a relief after I got my surgery that I could start new again. I started again, not playing in front of anyone, no one judging me and I found to love it all again. I could have taken wild cards or a protected ranking but I wanted to build my confidence and love again. I began to remember what it was like to appreciate every win and every minute on court. To take a second and remember you worked so hard to get to compete against players I used to watch on TV when I was younger.” @belindabencic Go to behindtheracquet.com for extended stories, podcasts and merch.
“Tenis je jako težak jer nikada nisi u mestu – ili se penješ ili padaš. Kao junioru ti je sve uzbudljivo i novo, ne razmišljaš previše, a osećala sam da sam premlada za vrhunski nivo. Medijska pažnja je nešto na šta nema pripreme, pogotovo ako nisi prirodno otvoren tip kao što sam ja... Ali svaki moj neuspeh sada bi bio u centru pažnje, jednostavno više nisam uživala u tenisu, a i nisam želela da van terena budem u centru pažnje“, ističe trenutno osma teniserka sveta.
Belinda je u karijeri osvojila četiri titule, a najveći Gren slem uspeh joj je polufinale US opena prošle godine.