Belinda Bencic wins women’s singles against Marketa Vondrousova. Novak Djokovic continues to chase gold after victory over Kei Nishikori.
Last updated: 29/07/21 at 1:34pm
Belinda Bencic may become the first female to win a singles gold in tennis for Switzerland. She won a tough 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 victory against Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan on Thursday.
Czech Marketa Vondrousova will stand in her place in Saturday’s title-match match. She sent Ukrainian Elina Stvitolina out 6-3, 6-1 in an unisided competition.
After winning a nerve-racking battle with Rybakina (20th), Bencic was overcome by tears. Rybakina had drained multiple opportunities during the topsy-turvy semifinal on Centre Court.
This win means that Switzerland will be awarded a fourth Olympic Games tennis medal. Bencic, however, will become the first singles gold winner for Switzerland since Marc Rosset in 1992.
“It’s too much for me right now. The medal is the most amazing thing I have ever seen,” she told reporters at the age of 24.
It’s incredible to be an Olympic athlete and have the opportunity to win a medal. I had hoped for it, but it never came true.
Also, the Swiss may be the fifth player to reach the finals of both singles and doubles tennis tournaments after the return of tennis to the Olympics in 1998.
Viktorija and Viktorija will be taking on Brazilian duo Laura Pigossi & Luisa Stefani later in the evening.
Djokovic march on
Men’s champion Novak Djokovic, 20 times major champion, eased into last four after a dominant performance against Japan’s Kei Nahikori. World number two Daniil Medvedev lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in a 6-2 7-6(5) defeat.
After players complained about the heat and humidity at Ariake Tennis Park, the organisers decided to postpone competition until Thursday at 3pm.
Djokovic, who is ranked number one in the world, was dominant in winning 6-2 6-0 against Nishikori. He continued his quest to be the first to win the four Grand Slams as well as Olympic gold the following Steffi Graf’s 1988 death.
The Serbian said, “The matches don’t get easier, but my level is tennis improving,” after defeating Nishikori to end local hopes of a singles gold.
I’ve done it so many times throughout my career. “I know I am the type of player who feels better on the court the more I play in a tournament. That’s what this case is.
“Best performance tonight against a strong opponent.”
Djokovic will play Alexander Zverev, a fourth-seeded German man, or Jeremy Chardy in the final for Sunday’s spot.
Karen Khachanov defeated Ugo Humbert in their first match 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3. This was a close-fought match that secured a place in the men’s semifinals against Carreno Busta.
The all-Russian semifinal was ruled out and Medvedev said that his match with the Spaniard was his finest in his entire career.
The world’s No 11 said that Daniil is “a very good player. He’s solid from the baseline.” “I feel that I return very well every time. This is very important when playing against such players.
Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig won an Olympic gold for Croatia in men’s doubles by defeating Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Michael Venus, 6-2 6-2 to secure a spot in the title match.
Publited at Thu 29 July 2021, 12:42.33 +0000