Belinda Bencic is one of the up-and-coming young players on the circuit having won the junior Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon to reach the very top of the rankings before stepping up to the professional level and recently progressing into the second round at the Australian Open.
With her rapid rise and reputation as a player to watch she made her debut in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas competition in a World Group II tie against Australia in 2012 with a defeat in the dead doubles rubber before following it up with a victory in the same situation against Belarus in the play-offs later that same year.
“I played two times Fed Cup and I always enjoy it very much to be with the team the whole week and I can learn a lot from the other players so I like it very much.
“I think it is different because you play not just for yourself but for the whole team and maybe for the whole nation so it’s different but I like it also.”
The Swiss team is on the road to take on France in the World Group II first round this year and the 16-year-old has been nominated as their No. 2 player behind world No. 47 Stefanie Voegele meaning that she could well be called upon to make her first appearance in a live singles rubber.
When asked if she would be nervous when taking the court in that situation she was confident she could perform: “I hope not, I will be just playing my game and giving my best for the nation.”
Switzerland have not won in World Group II since 2005 and they will face a stern test this time around if they are to break the streak of four straight losses at this level with all four of Frances nominated players currently ranked inside the Top 100.
With the hosts having chosen the hard indoor courts of Stade Pierre de Coubertin on the banks of the River Seine as the venue, Bencic considers it to her liking.
“Yeah, I think so, I like indoor and I like also hard. For me though it doesn’t matter what surface…I just try to play.”
The world No. 139 is still aware though that the Fed Cup raises its own unique questions and scenarios: “It will be a different situation but I hope I can adapt quickly.”