After almost a year without playing in a tournament (apart from a match in Rome), Switzerland's Belinda Bencic is back in the final of a WTA tournament for the first time from Moscow at the end of October 2019. In this duel, she will take on Poland's Iga Swiatek, a new nugget on the circuit since her first title at Roland Garros. Analysis of the meeting with our consultant Julien Varlet. If Iga Swiatek didn't win the match in advance, she appears to be the great favourite of this final of Adelaide. In spite of a defeat in the Round of 16 at the Australian Open against Simona Halep, the young Polish girl had made a rather interesting tournament and also shows her superiority in the game on this Adelaide tournament. After her first two matches against Brengle and Inglis, her ease on the court, both in attitude and technique, made her a favourite. She was then helped by the exit of defending champion Barty against Collins and the injury of the American against her. At a press conference after her easy win over left-handed Jill Teichmann (6-3, 6-2), she said: "I feel great on the court, I feel solid, and that's the most important thing for me, because, you know, when I play well, I enjoy everything, so I'm really happy about that. And I hope tomorrow I'll play just as well." So that top of the board that was up was pretty simple for her. She arrived in the final with no lost sets and only 4:55 hours on the court. In the end, she was little more than her opponent Belinda Bencic (5h40) whose 2h48 this Friday in the semi-final to beat Cori Gauff could weigh in. However, Bencic has played one match less since the number 2 seed was exempt from the first round. Considering the scenario, this semi-final has surely worn out the Swiss rider both physically and mentally. A disputed referee's decision prevented her from concluding the match in two sets. She lost the second set and then overcame an exhausted Gauff in the third and final set (7-6, 6-7, 6-2). In this match, her serve was not perfectly set with 10 double faults, 6 of which were in the second set. During the tournament, she conceded 29 break points of which 23 were saved. A number that can be worrying since Swiatek won't let anything go by. At the press conference, after her victory against Gauff, Bencic didn't seem to be afraid of the game played by Iga Swiatek: "She has a different game, a little bit more unique. It's always better to play a little different than to play like everyone else. It always makes it harder for the opponents. I have trained with her several times, so I know what to expect. I hope I can stick to my game plan and have a good day. » Concerning the pressure of a final, it is difficult to say that Swiatek will feel it since she won her first final on the WTA Tour at Roland Garros, but the Swiss rider has a lot more experience since she has won 5 of the 7 finals, and she has never lost on hard in 3 of them. The eye of Julien Varlet: The odds are logically in favour of Swiatek. I see the Polish rider winning tomorrow. She plays clearly better and looks like she just came out of a good Australian Open. On a more tactical aspect, where a Bencic strikes in rhythm like the majority of the players on the circuit, Swiatek knows how to find angles, vary and break the rhythm. She is a much more versatile player. On the physical aspect, the Swiss rider had a very intense match against Gauff of almost 3 hours. Iga Swiatek is a little bit the game of the future, it is not only power. To sum up, I'm going to Swiatek because all the advantage: physical, freshness, play and mental. Everything is rather united for a victory for the Polish. I like her state of mind on the court at the moment. Which scenario? Why not a quick victory with a first set hanging on and simpler in the second. So I'm going for a victory in two sets for the Pole.  

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