Marketa Vondrousova Olympics

‘Naomi Osaka win gave me belief’ – Marketa Vondrousova makes Olympic history

Marketa Vondrousova said she could not believe she reached the gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics after downing Elina Svitolina.

The world number 42 added she is “very proud” of the “amazing” run, irrespective of whether she ends up with a gold or silver medal.

Vondrousova became the first Czech woman to reach an Olympic singles final after her 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.

The 22-year-old broke the fourth seed three times in the first set and twice in the second as she earned a convincing win in an hour and five minutes.

“I was thinking that [to win] two or three matches would have been great, and then I beat Naomi [Osaka] – so then I thought that I was playing well and that maybe I could even do better,” she said in a post-match interview.

“I’m now just happy to be in the final. It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t believe it. Maybe it’ll sink in later. This is amazing, even if it’s silver or gold, it’s amazing and I’m just very proud.”

Vondrousova will face No. 12 seed Belinda Bencic in the women’s singles gold medal match on Saturday.

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