“For Some Players It’s Not So Important”: Belinda Bencic Holds the Olympics Achievement in High Regard

Published 08/30/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Gold medallist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Yara Nardi


Former World No. 4 Belinda Bencic has made the headlines this season. The Swiss star won the Olympic Games this year in Tokyo. In doing so, she created history as she became the first Swiss woman to win a gold singles medal. 

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Recently, Belinda Bencic spoke about the importance of the Olympic Games. She also revealed that there are players who at times do not see the importance of this grand event that takes place once in four years. She also thanked everyone who has been part of this journey with her.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Belinda Bencic of Switzerland reacts after winning her gold medal match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Mike Segar

The 2020 Olympic gold medalist added, “I know maybe for some players it’s not so important, but for me, I always said Olympics is the biggest thing. I was watching it when I was a kid. For me, the medal means everything. So it’s actually nice to see, for 22 years, I was sacrificing a lot of things.”

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Belinda Bencic has not forgotten her roots 

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She remembered the tough times her family had to go through, in order for her to reach where she is at. Due to that, she doesn’t take anything for granted and values the efforts of the people that have paid off in her success. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland reacts after winning her semifinal match against Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan REUTERS/Edgar Su

The Swiss ace added, “My whole family was sacrificing a lot of things. For all the people that helped me and to see that it paid off, winning such a big title, it’s a very nice feeling. I was really happy and grateful for them that it just kind of paid off finally. So I think it was a very nice moment.”

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At the moment, the Swiss athlete is getting ready to compete at the US Open. She will be playing Arantxa Rus in her opening round match on Tuesday. We wish her the very best for the rest of the season. 

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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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