Belinda Bencic will look to become the first woman to win a singles tennis gold for Switzerland when she takes on Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova in the final of the Olympics women’s singles on Saturday, July 31. Get the live streaming options of this Belinda Bencic v Marketa Vondrousova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Belinda Bencic v Marketa Vondrousova Head to Head
Vondrousova defeated Bencic in their only meeting before this at the Miami Open earlier this year. The Czech came from a set down to win in three sets.
No Federer, No Problem For Team Switzerland
Indeed, absence makes the heart grow fonder. But Belinda Bencic has melted plenty of Switzerland hearts in Tokyo and back home. In the absence of compatriots Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, Bencic is about to reach stratospheric levels of tennis accomplishments in her career.
A podium finish would certainly represent a welcome return for Team Switzerland. Many observers had written off her chances of making it this far when she drew the dangerous Jessica Pegula in the first round.
Bencic reached the gold medal match after beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 7-6 4-6 6-3 in a rollercoaster match full of momentum shifts and which lasted two hours and 44 minutes. In the end, it was the Swiss woman who had the nerve and verve to capitalize and maximize her opportunities.
The 24-year-old is guaranteed to become the first Swiss player to win two Olympic medals in the same year having reached the doubles final alongside countrywoman Viktorija Golubic.
Bencic will need to mimic the blueprint that served her so well in the victories of Barbora Krejcikova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Elena Rybakina when she takes on the power-hitting Marketa Vondrousova. Then there is this little stat doing the round; the last two players to beat Krejcikova had gone on to win the title.
Vondrousova Denies Svitolina
Marketa Vondousova denied Elina Svitolina a perfect post-wedding gift on Thursday as she won her fourth straight match without dropping a set.
Vondrousova disrupted Svitolina’s rhythm with her array of shots including her well-disguised drop shot which served as a precursor for a chastening afternoon for the Ukrainian.
The 22-year-old is attempting to write her name in Czech tennis folklore, and one more win on Saturday will most certainly elevate her status as a national tennis icon.
Vondrousova, like Bencic, has lived to defy the odds in Tokyo. Her third-round victory over Naomi Osaka sent shockwaves across the world, given the Japanese woman’s burgeoning superstardom.
She dominated Paula Badosa in the last eight before the Spaniard was forced to retire due to heatstroke. Her passage to the semifinals ensured she would join Jana Novotna and Petra Kvitova as the only two Czech women to finish on the tennis podium at the Olympics in singles.
Bencic v Vondrousova Prediction and Tip
Vondrousova entered the tournament with a protected ranking, and it defies belief that her toughest bout en route to the final was her first match against the now-retired Kiki Bertens.
Bencic, for her part, has played possum and maximized on her strengths in every round. Both players can match each other with their explosive power off the ground, but the Czech’s ability to mix up play with her trademark drop shot could be a real gamechanger in the context of this match.