“If I Stop My Career Tomorrow…” – Belinda Bencic Admits She’s Satisfied With Tokyo Olympics Success

Published 08/17/2021, 5:30 PM 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


The 2021 season didn’t start as well as Belinda Bencic might have hoped. While she reached the third round in the Australian Open, she fared worse in the next two Grand Slam tournaments. However, her performance in the Tokyo Olympics seems to have brought her season back on track.

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She clinched two medals in her first Olympic appearance. While she clinched a silver medal with Viktorija Golubic in women’s doubles, she clinched an unprecedented gold medal in the women’s singles category.

After her impressive performance, the 24-year-old would be looking to achieve more success at the US Open. However, she will take part in the Cincinnati Open prior to that. While taking questions on her success in Tokyo, she admitted her achievements at the Games satisfies her for the rest of her career.

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Belinda Bencic admits achieving success in the Tokyo Olympics “is already amazing”

Bencic missed the 2016 Rio Olympics due to injury. However, she didn’t disappoint in her Olympic debut a few weeks ago. She defeated Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova to become the first Swiss female tennis player to win Olympic gold.

Seeded 10th in the Cincinnati Open, the 24-year-old will look to continue her form all the way to the US Open. However, she admitted her success at the Olympics is enough to make her cherish her career.

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

She said“Now I feel like people are going always to ask, ‘What do you do next? What is your goal?’ to put pressure and everything. For me, achieving this, it’s already amazing. If I stop my career tomorrow I can be very happy about everything.”

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“I think it’s still very difficult in women’s tennis. I think everyone is playing very well,” said Bencic. She added, “I just really want to play freely and enjoy it. I’ve already reached my dreams.

“I can really relax and enjoy my tennis and work hard still for what’s to come. I don’t want to define what’s my next dream.”

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While she has achieved Olympic success, and appears to be content with her efforts, she’ll be looking to do her best in the upcoming Grand Slam. By winning in Tokyo, she looks in good stead for the hard court season. Can Bencic clinch her maiden Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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