“Something Really Special in Switzerland” – Stan Wawrinka Compliments Belinda Bencic’s Double Success at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/05/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during his second round match against Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Belinda Bencic has won the women’s singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics for Switzerland. It is obviously a magnificent achievement, and her fellow Swiss player, Stan Wawrinka, feels the same way. Appearing on Yonex Tennis’ Instagram live, he spoke to Darren Cahill about Bencic’s medal for the whole of Switzerland.

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Belinda was almost on the verge of winning a double gold. However, she could not repeat her performance in the women’s doubles final. Bencic and her partner, Viktorija Golubic, lost to Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic.

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Switzerland has some amazing players: Stan Wawrinka on Belinda Bencic winning the gold

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won the men’s doubles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since then, Switzerland has not experienced any major success at the grand event; Federer’s men’s singles silver medal has been their only medal so far.

However, Bencic has turned the tables with her splendid performance.

Each Olympic, with a lot of athletes, I think tennis is again showing that in Switzerland we have some amazing players. And she did the amazing job to get the gold plus the doubles medal.

“It’s something really special in Switzerland, that’s for sure,” said Wawrinka during the live.

Wawrinka understood the importance of her win and a gold medal for the country. He certainly missed out on the competition this time around and will forever remember his gold in Beijing.

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Belinda’s finals performances

Belinda Bencic was on the verge of making history by winning the women’s singles and doubles events. If she had succeeded in doing so, she would have become the first woman to achieve this feat since Serena Williams in 2012 in London.

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Unfortunately, her doubles encounter did not go according to plan; they lost 5-7, 1-6.

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

Belinda’s singles match, on the other hand, was a dream run. She played with passion and defeated Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in two-and-a-half hours. Coming off of one of the biggest achievements in the sports world, she will now be looking set for a strong finish at the US Open later this month.

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Can Bencic continue her dream run at the US Open as well?

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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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