WATCH: Comeback Queen Elena Vesnina Breaks Down into Tears After Missing Gold Medal Point at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/01/2021, 2:40 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Mixed Doubles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Silver medallist Elena Vesnina of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts REUTERS/Edgar Su


Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev lost to their compatriots, Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the finals of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The pair played quite well but had to settle with the Silver medal in the end. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 7(7)-6(5), 13-11.

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It was quite a shocking defeat for Elena Vesnina who is quite famous for making some incredible comebacks on the court. Even though she missed the Olympic Gold, she really impressed fans with her exceptional performances in Tokyo.

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In the finals, there was a point when Vesnina and Karatsev won a Gold medal point. However, they failed to capitalize on it and as a result, Rublev and Pavlyuchenkova emerged as the winner after winning their fourth Gold medal point.

During the post-match interview, Vesnina just could not control her emotions and broke down into tears. She was not happy with her Silver medal as she realized that she could have won the Gold had she not missed that important point.

While she was crying, Karatsev displayed some great character and tried to console her. He even praised the Russian player for her phenomenal performances throughout the season.

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Elena Vesnina at the Olympic Games

Vesnina made headlines after she won the Gold medal in the doubles category at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016. She won the Gold with her partner Ekaterina Makarova after defeating the Swiss pair of Time Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis.

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This year too, she managed to reach the semis of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 but lost there. Unfortunately, she even missed the Bronze medal as she and her partner Veronica Kudermetova lost a very close match to the Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Laura Pigossi.

Even though she managed to win the Silver medal in the mixed doubles category, she expected much more. However, it is not the end for the Russian player and fans expect her to make a comeback soon. Will she be able to succeed at the US Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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