Brazil's Laure Pigossi was "over the moon" after winning bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics with fellow compatriot Laura Stefani. Pigossi and Stefani stunned Wimbledon runners-up Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina 4-6 6-4 11-9 to secure their maiden medal at the Olympics.
“Words can’t express what this medal means,” said Pigossi, per the ITF website. “It’s a dream. I always wanted this medal, I always wanted this – I’m over the moon and speechless. Everything I’ve done, everything I’ve given up to get here, I always thought it was worth it, but now I have a medal to prove it.
And we know that everyone in Brazil was behind us”.
Pigossi and Stefani saved four match points
Pigossi and Stefani were down 9-5 in the match tie-break before winning six consecutive points. “The feeling is incredible,” Stefani said.
“I don’t think we understand where we are – the important thing is being in the present, enjoying the feeling right now. “We knew that we had given everything, and now we have all this emotion. From 0-0 to 9-5, we believed we could make it.
This feeling of confidence and to play properly, this is what is wonderful”. Pigossi has never been a top-100 players in either singles or doubles. Pigossi is ranked at No. 318 in singles, while she sits at No. 189 on the doubles ranking list.
“I’ve always believed in myself,” Pigossi said. “I always thought I could play at the highest level. I played with all these girls when we were juniors, and in Billie Jean King Cup in Brazil. I would love to play together [with Luisa Stefani] – maybe we can go up in the rankings with each other’s help!
“The first thing I told her when we were the final team heading to the Olympics was: the last ones will be the first ones,” she added.