Bencic to face Vondrousova for women’s singles gold medal in Tokyo

Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, reacts after winning a set against Elena Rybakina, of Kazakhstan, during the semifinals of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic will face Czech Marketa Vondrousova for the women’s singles gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Bencic on Thursday held on to beat Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 and advance to the women’s singles final in Japan.

No. 12 in the WTA rankings, Bencic will face Vondrousova, who beat Ukranian star Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 in their semifinal match on Thursday.

Svitolina is just the latest name on Vondrousova’s list of upsets. Earlier this week, the 22-year-old World No. 42 eliminated Japan’s wunderkind Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-4 in the third round.

Rybakina and Svitolina will play for bronze. All medal matches are scheduled for the upcoming weekend.

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