On Saturday, world number 12 Belinda Bencic defeated Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 7-5 2-6 6-3 to win the Tokyo Games women’s singles title, becoming the first Swiss woman to win an Olympic tennis gold.
The 24-year-old Bencic can now complete a set of gold medals when she and Viktorija Golubic will play against Czech No. 1 seed Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the doubles final which will be played on Sunday.
Bencic is also the first Swiss woman to win a singles gold medal since Marc Rosset in the 1992 men’s Olympic final, and she might become only the fourth woman in history to win both the singles and doubles titles.
The final on Saturday began with a tense battle as both players fought to hold their serves before Bencic eventually overcame the 42nd-ranked Czech to win the first set. In the second set, Vondrousova stepped it up a notch, breaking twice to force the match into a decider.
While leading 4-3 in the final set, Bencic took a medical timeout for a toe blister but returned to break the Czech and serve out the match, tumbling to the court in excitement when Vondrousova hit a backhand return long.
Her loss puts an end to a remarkable Olympic run for the 22-year-old, who beat local favourite and world number two Naomi Osaka in the third round before defeating eventual bronze medalist Elina Svitolina.