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How Bencic uses the menstrual cycle for himself

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At the US Open 2021, Belinda Bencic (left) beat Iga Swiatek in straight sets.


Sven Micossereporter sports

US Open 2021: Belinda Bencic meets Iga Swiatek in the round of 16. The Pole was already among the top ten in the world, the Swiss just outside. A duel at eye level. “The whole tournament went well – until twenty minutes before the match.” The 25-year-old refers to her menstrual cycle. Complaints set in shortly before the game. What now? “I’m out on the court, the sun was burning at 30 degrees. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible to do.” Bencic finally wins the game 7:6, 6:3.

But it can also turn out differently. A year earlier she met Anett Kontaveit in the third round of the Australian Open. The result: «0:6, 1:6. I didn’t hit a ball. But you also have to be able to deal with it.” During her period, the eastern Swiss woman usually feels stomach ache, but it is in the lower back that is usually the worst. “I also lose a bit of coordination because my body position shifts. I’m sluggish, tired and sometimes I’m sick.”

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