US Open: World number eight Belinda Bencic pulls out of Flushing Meadows event

Belinda Bencic has reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals in New York

World number eight Belinda Bencic is the latest player to pull out of the US Open.

The Swiss 23-year-old reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows last year.

She joins defending champion Bianca Andreescu, world number one Ashleigh Barty and fellow top-10 players Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens in opting out of the tournament.

“I’ve made the difficult decision to skip New York and will return next month in Rome,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to returning next year and wish everyone competing there in the coming weeks the best of luck.”

The US Open is due to begin on 31 August while the Rome tournament starts on 20 September, before the rescheduled French Open at the end of the month.

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