Switzerland's Belinda Bencic bags women's tennis singles gold

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 31: Belinda Bencic of Team Switzerland celebrates a point during her Women's Singles Gold Medal match against Marketa Vondrousova of Team Czech Republic on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 31: Belinda Bencic of Team Switzerland celebrates a point during her Women's Singles Gold Medal match against Marketa Vondrousova of Team Czech Republic on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The Swiss player beat Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in the women's singles final to take the Olympic title. 

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland has won Olympic gold after beating Czech star Marketa Vondrousova in the women's singles final. It is the first gold medal won by a Swiss woman in Olympic tennis history.

The 24-year-old Swiss, who is ranked 24 in the world, took the first set 7-5 before Vondrousova fought back to take the second 2-6. It all came down to the final set, where the two players battled valiantly until Bencic broke her opponent down to win with a final score of 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in a marathon two hours and thirty minutes of play.

The Swiss star now has the chance to make it two Olympic golds as she prepares to compete alongside Viktorija Golubic in the women's doubles final tomorrow (Sunday 1 August). For now, she can content herself with an unforgettable gold medal-winning victory at the Ariake Tennis Park.

Bencic's best result before Tokyo 2020 was reaching the semi-final of the 2019 US Open, while her opponent Vondrousova - while ranked lower than her at 42 in the world - had arguably the stronger tournament experience, having finished runner up in the 2019 French Open.

However, it was Bencic who showed the championship form, winning six of 10 break points en route to a historic victory. And while she is now guaranteed two medals at Tokyo 2020, the sweetest moment will surely be the singles victory that has seen her crowned Olympic tennis champion.

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