Belinda Bencic claims gold medal to make Swiss Olympic history
Belinda Bencic downed Marketa Vondrousova in three sets to claim the gold medal in the women’s singles event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The world number 12 prevailed 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in the gold medal match to become the first Swiss woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
Bencic started strongly and broke to take a 2-0 lead, before Vondrousova broke twice to go 3-2 ahead. The Swiss broke straight back, before saving break points to hold for 4-3.
The 24-year-old then struck to take an hour-long opening set as the world number 42 served to stay in it.
The Czech responded by breaking in a lengthy opening game of the second set, before breaking again for 4-1 en route to leveling the match.
The 22-year-old continued her momentum into the decider by again taking Bencic’s serve in the opening game, but the Swiss hit back in the following game.
Bencic broke again to take a 3-1 lead, but was pegged straight back, before she staved off a break point to hold for 4-3.
The world number 12 broke to love for 5-3 following a medical timeout, before saving three break points to serve out for a memorable triumph.
Swiss dreams are made of gold 🥇@BelindaBencic defeats Marketa Vondrousova 7-5 2-6 6-3 to earn #SUI a third gold medal in tennis after Marc Rosset at Barcelona 1992 and Federer/Wawrinka at Beijing 2008!#Tokyo2020 | #Tennis | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/QzwSKdI4Ms
— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 31, 2021
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