Belinda Bencic Fails To Join Elite Club of Venus and Serena Williams Following Loss at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Finals

Published 08/01/2021, 3:33 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Doubles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland react during their gold medal match against Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic and Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Mike Segar


It was the gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and we had the Swiss pair comprising of Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic who were up against Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova. The match was won by the Czech duo in straight sets, 7-5 6-1.

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics produced its fair share of surprises on the court and close contests have been the standard thus far. 

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Set 1: Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic fall short

The Swiss pair of Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic started the match on a positive note, holding service games without facing much resistance. 

Similarly, Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova were serving with great consistency too. Chiefly, there came a point when both teams were unable to find a breakthrough. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Doubles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic and Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic react during their gold medal match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland REUTERS/Edgar Su

Eventually, towards the business end of the set, the Czech pair found an opening and got the first break of the match in the 11th game. Later, they consolidated the break and won the set 7-5 in 49 minutes. 

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Set 2: The Czech pair is too heavy for the Swiss

As the second set began, the Czech team continued to dominate. They were on top of their game and they subsequently took the Swiss team to deep waters. 

They broke the Swiss pair in the opening game and followed it up by breaking for the second time to make it 3-0. However, the Swiss team put up a resilient fight, breaking back to register their first break of the match. 

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Doubles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland react during their gold medal match against Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic and Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Edgar Su

But the Czech pair had other plans and broke them in the following game to serve at 4-1. In the end, the Swiss team lost the set 6-1.

Now that the Olympics have concluded, we wish the players the best of luck as they get set to compete at the events during the US Open Series. It will be interesting to see who creates an impact. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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