Belinda Bencic and Swiss tennis are doing simply positive with out Roger Federer on the Olympics
TOKYO — Belinda Bencic and Swiss tennis are doing simply positive with out Roger Federer on the Olympics.
The Twelfth-ranked Bencic beat Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday to succeed in the gold-medal match on the Tokyo Video games.
And that wasn’t all.
After a brief relaxation, Bencic was scheduled to play once more later with Swiss companion Viktorija Golubic in opposition to the Brazilian pair of Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani within the semifinals of the doubles match.
“To have the medal for me is the best factor,” Bencic stated. “Now I’m going to the doubles and I hope to do it once more so it’s not over but, however I can actually, actually take pleasure in this second.”
If she additionally wins in doubles, Bencic would change into the fifth participant to succeed in two finals on the identical Olympics since tennis returned on the Video games in 1988, becoming a member of Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Murray and Nicolas Massu.
“Within the subsequent match I will be extra relaxed as a result of I have already got a medal,” Bencic stated.
The outcomes implies that Switzerland is assured a tennis medal at a fourth consecutive Olympics after Federer and Stan Wawrinka received gold in doubles in 2008, Federer took silver in singles in 2012 and Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky claimed silver in doubles in 2016.
Federer introduced every week earlier than the Tokyo Video games started that he wouldn’t play on the Olympics as a result of he “skilled a setback” along with his knee through the grass-court season. That left Bencic as Switzerland’s most achieved participant in Tokyo and her efficiency represents a private breakthrough for somebody whose finest Grand Slam consequence was reaching the semifinals on the 2019 U.S. Open.
Bencic saved six set factors on her serve earlier than ultimately taking management of the opening set.
When a return from Rybakina landed within the internet on the primary match level after almost three hours, Bencic dropped to her knees and lined her face along with her palms as she started crying.
Play began 4 hours later than on earlier days after organizers lastly acted upon a request from gamers to keep away from the most popular a part of the day.
Nonetheless, it was steamy contained in the Ariake Tennis Park with the temperature at 88 levels F (31 levels C) and with sufficient humidity to make it really feel like 99 levels F (37 levels C) when play started.
However afternoon shadows rapidly crept throughout the courtroom and there was a constant breeze to make it extra bearable than taking part in within the brilliant morning solar as on earlier days.
Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic had been to play within the different semifinal later.
Subsequent up on Heart Court docket, Novak Djokovic was going through Kei Nishikori of Japan within the quarterfinals because the top-ranked Serb makes an attempt to increase his bid for a Golden Slam.
Steffi Graf in 1988 is the one tennis participant to realize the Golden Slam, profitable all 4 Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the identical calendar 12 months.
Djokovic, who has already received the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this 12 months, wants the Tokyo Video games title and the U.S. Open trophy to finish the Golden Slam.
For the second straight day, Djokovic had two matches scheduled. He’s additionally taking part in once more later with Serbian companion Nina Stojanovic in opposition to the German pair of Laura Siegemund and Kevin Krawietz within the combined doubles quarterfinals.
The primary man to succeed in the semifinals of the lads’s singles draw was Twelfth-seeded Karen Khachanov of ROC, who beat Ugo Humbert of France 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3. Khachanov will subsequent face both Alexander Zverev of Germany or Jeremy Chardy of France.
In males’s doubles, an all-Croatian last was arrange between the pairings of Marin Cilic-Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic-Mate Pavic.
Additionally, the top-seeded Czech duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova reached the ladies’s last. Krejcikova received each the singles and doubles (with Siniakova) titles at this 12 months’s French Open.
Related Press reporter Syd Fryer contributed to this report.
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