WATCH: Andrey Rublev, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina Receive a Heroic Welcome After Winning Laurels Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/04/2021, 2:34 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Mixed Doubles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev of the Russian Olympic Committee react during their gold medal match against Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Edgar Su


Russia witnessed a splendid performance at the Tokyo Olympics after Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won gold. The pair beat their Russian counterparts, Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev, to win the mixed doubles event.

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The Russian fans welcomed their heroes in superb fashion and treated them like rock stars. Moreover, the joy of winning two medals under the Russian Olympic Committee has kept the Russian fans awake.

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Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s dream Olympic run in Tokyo

Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova played four brilliant matches in order to claim their gold medal. Rublev and Anastasia’s matches went down till the wire, with the duo playing thrilling three setters. They beat Vesnina and Karatsev 6-3, 6-7, 13-11 in the final, which lasted for almost two hours.

Courtesy of Daniil Medvedev withdrawing from the mixed doubles event, Rublev paired up with Anastasia. The duo dominated their Russian counterparts in the final as they led in all departments. They also made lesser unforced errors against them, leading up to a thrilling tie break in the final set.

However, the Russian fans did not disappoint in welcoming their heroes with open arms. Moreover, the duo of Rublev and Pavlyuchenkova were welcomed with hugs and kisses, and flowers.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Mixed Doubles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev of the Russian Olympic Committee react during their gold medal match against Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Mike Segar

Andrey and Anastasia redeeming themselves after a poor summer

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The 2021 Wimbledon Championships saw a series of upsets in both men’s and women’s singles category. Number five seed Andrey Rublev crashed out in the round of 16 stage against Marton Fucsovics in a five setter. He certainly had a lot in him to go all the way till the finals, however, his destiny was written elsewhere.

Anastasia on the other hand lost in the third round against Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in straight sets.

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They both have come a long way from June 2021 to August 2021, as a result of their hard work. The Russians will be looking for glory at the US Open later this month.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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