World quantity 12 Belinda Bencic dug deep to overpower the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova 7-5 2-6 6-3 on Saturday and win the Tokyo Video games females’s singles title, turning into the principle Swiss girl to carry out an Olympic tennis gold.
The 24-yr-passe Bencic, who prevailed in two hours and 30 minutes, can now complete a self-discipline of gold medals when she and Viktorija Golubic face Czech No. 1 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the doubles closing on Sunday.
Bencic is additionally the principle Swiss to win a singles gold since Marc Rosset claimed the males’s Olympic title in 1992, and would maybe develop into simply the fourth girl in history to real the title as smartly as victory in the doubles.
Neither of Switzerland’s greats Roger Federer nor Martina Hingis, each aged world quantity ones, won Olympic singles gold.
“I mediate I completed it for them. They did so a lot in their occupation,” Bencic mentioned. “I’m now no longer determined I would maybe be ever be able to discontinue what they did, but presumably I would maybe well support them to discontinue this one with giving them this Olympics so or now no longer it’s each for Martina and for Roger.
“I turned into once centered I never lost focal point and I never gave up,” she mentioned. “I did now no longer attain here saying the Olympic Video games are there simply to win a medal. It turned into once a dream for me from the beginning til the dwell. I don’t desire this to be over.”
Saturday’s closing began as a nervy battle with each players struggling to employ wait on sooner than Bencic lastly edged the 42nd-ranked Czech to remove the principle self-discipline.
Vondrousova, on the other hand, turned into once removed from done and went up a tools in the 2nd with a double ruin to force the match into a decider as Bencic struggled together with her opponent’s backhand reduce.
Bencic took a medical timeout for a toe blister whereas main 4-3 in the remaining self-discipline, but returned to ruin the Czech and wait on out the victory, collapsing to the court docket in joy when Vondrousova sent a backhand return long on the Swiss’s 2nd match point.
“We conducted a colossal match each of us and most efficient one would maybe well win. However winning an Olympic medal, or now no longer it’s all trusty. I am so as that overjoyed. I am now no longer going to be sad,” mentioned a beaming Vondrousova, who bettered compatriots Jana Novotna and Petra Kvitova who won bronze medals in 1996 and 2016 respectively.
Vondrousova’s loss ends a dream Olympic bustle for the 22-yr-passe, who took down home favourite and world quantity two Naomi Osaka in the third round sooner than powering into the championship match over Ukraine’s eventual bronze medallist Elina Svitolina.