Belinda Bencic did not enter too many pools before the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games kicked off. However, a magnificent week marked by consistency and knowing how to be in the important moments (especially in the decisive sets) have ended up securing her a gold medal, an absolute success that puts her on the same level as the great tennis legends of his country.
This is the third tennis gold medal for Switzerland. Previous? Some such Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the 2008 Beijing men's doubles, and the man who started it all: Marc Rosset in the Barcelona 92 men's singles.
Not bad for the Swiss population.
Belinda Bencic on Roger Federer
World No.12 Belinda Bencic scripted history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bencic became the first Swiss woman to clinch the singles gold medal at the Olympics after she defeated Marketa Vondrousova in a thrilling three-set final.
Among a series of congratulatory messages received by Bencic, the most special came from the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer. “HISTORY,” wrote Federer in the caption along with the Swiss flag and a gold medal emoji next to it.
The 39-year-old had to withdraw from the Olympics because of a knee injury he suffered during the Wimbledon Championships. Interestingly, during a media interaction, Bencic mentioned she received a text message from Federer before her singles final.
“Today is a good day to make your dreams come true,” wrote Federer in his message, said Bencic. The 24-year-old dedicated her singles gold medal to her idols, Federer and Martina Hingis, as she said “This medal is also for Roger and Martina.
I won it for them” during the post-match conference. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has almost reached its end and fans witnessed a great match of tennis today. Facing World No.20 Elena Rybakina in the Bronze medal match, World No.6 Elina Svitolina made an incredible comeback and defeated her opponent in three sets to finish third place at the Olympic Games.
The final scoreline of the match was 1-6, 7(7)-6(5), 6-4. Interestingly, the Ukrainian player broke back in the seventh game and brought the scoreline to 4-3. She broke yet again in the ninth game and was now just one game away from winning the Bronze medal.
Serving for the set, Svitolina earned six match-points but Rybakina saved all of them. However, the World No.6 player finally won the set 6-4, and thus, sealed the match on her seventh match-point.