Olympic champion Belinda Bencic loses in Luxembourg quarterfinals

Samsonova, ranked 48th, claimed her second win over Bencic in as many attempts, having beaten her in the final of the grass-court tournament in Berlin in June.

Switzerland's Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic suffered a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Russia's Liudmila Samsonova.   -  AP

Switzerland's Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic suffered a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Russia's Liudmila Samsonova in the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open on Friday.

Samsonova, ranked 48th, claimed her second win over Bencic in as many attempts, having beaten her in the final of the grass-court tournament in Berlin in June.

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Top seed Bencic dropped serve three times in her first event since reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open, where she lost to eventual champion Emma Raducanu.

The seventh-seeded Samsonova will take on 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the final.

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