It may not have been two players we expected in the battle for Gold and Silver but they both showed where they deserved to be there in Tokyo.
22 year old Marketa Vondrousova and 24 year old Belinda Bencic for an Olympic Gold. After a set each and an early break of serve a piece in the third set we still had no idea where this one would go.
Bencic only turned 24 a couple of months back, it does feel like the Swiss has been on the tour forever and has had some rough time with injuries but her 462nd career singles match would be her most pivotal to date.
Vondrousova in normal circumstances wouldn’t be at the Olympics. A bit of controversy as the Czech entered with a protective ranking knocking out her fellow Czech, Karolina Muchova out of the games, the right or wrong move? Would any of us turn down a chance to play in the Olympics?
1-1 in the third set, a break a piece…
Bencic edged ahead for 3-1 and the pressure then on Vondrousova but her slice and drop shot continued to be a pest through levelling at 3-3. Belinda to her credit re-grouped and held serve and then broke within about a minute to then serve for the Gold medal!
15-40, the nerves had truly settled in, two cheap points saved break points and levelled up at deuce and then the match point arrived for the Swiss.
Match point disappeared with a strong forehand winner, another then set up a break point for the 22 year old.
A serve down the T returned long and Belinda Bencic fell to the ground in tears! Gold Medal Winner!