Marketa Vondrousova Upsets World No.6 Elina Svitolina to Play for Gold Medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020 Finals

Published 07/29/2021, 1:28 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine reacts during her semifinal match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Edgar Su


It has become something of a trend that talented Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina and big tournaments do not go well together. Despite her year-long consistency, she somehow falls short when playing in high-stakes matches. Accordingly, a similar event transpired at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 when Czech tennis professional Marketa Vondrousova upset her in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-1.

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With this loss, Svitolina let slip her chance to take home a gold or silver medal from the Olympics this year. Thus, the result might sting her more than other tournaments.

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Marketa Vondrousova takes the first set comfortably over Elina Svitolina in Tokyo Olympics

Svitolina had impressed many with her incredible performance in the Tokyo Olympics so far. However, from Game 1 in the semifinals, she seemed to miss clear targets.

Despite losing out on her first service game, the Ukrainian immediately recovered. Following that, the Czech professional Vondrousova smoothly gripped her control over the points.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021 Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic in action during her semifinal match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine REUTERS/Edgar Su

At 2-2, Svitolina again gave her opponent the lead and trailed her entire the end of the set. Unable to hold her serve to keep the set alive, she lost the first set to Vondrousova 6-3.

Usually, the 26-year-old Ukrainian does not give up even though she might be on the brink of defeat. Yet, the question became bolder: Will she be able to come back from a set down?

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Elina remains matchless against Vondrousova in Tokyo Olympics semifinals

Surprisingly, the weight of the first set loss never got lighter on Svitolina. As a result, she found herself giving away free points to the in-form Vondrousova.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in action during her semifinal match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Edgar Su

Soon after, it took no time for the Czech professional to quickly close down the match. In 30 minutes, Svitolina lost her chance at the gold or silver medal in Tokyo Olympics.

Above all, the entire credit goes to Vondrousova who put on an amazing show of high-quality tennis. Consequently, she will meet Belinda Bencic in the final to try and win her country a gold medal.

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On the other side, Svitolina would hope to at least win the bronze medal against Elena Rybakina next. Who are your favorite contenders for the women singles winners in Tokyo?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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