Tennis at Tokyo Olympics 2020: live women's bronze and gold updates including Belinda Bencic v Marketa Vondrousova
Brazil 4-6 6-4 *8-9 ROC
Vesnina’s return goes wide and Brazilsavce one match point. But it’s still
Brazil better the ROC in a long, nervous point, Pigossi hitting a net point winner to save another match point.
Again the ROC look nervy, and Brazil take control at the net to bring it back to 8-9. What a comeback.
Brazil 4-6 6-4 *5-9 ROC
An ace down the ‘T’ from Vesnina shows huge composure from the most experienced player on the court. ROC are two points away from bronze. Then she hits a big return on Pigossi’s serve. Match point.
Brazil 4-6 6-4 5-7* ROC
Two consecutive points for the first time in this super tiebreak for Brazil, and we’re at 7-4.
Then Pigossi hits a return winner on Vesnina’s serve and this tiebreak is suddenly super close.
Brazil 4-6 6-4 *2-7 ROC
Brazil lose a challenge, and then a brilliant winner from Kudermetova – after a battle on the baseline with Stefani – gets the ROC to 7-2.
Brazil 4-6 6-4 *2-5 ROC
Brazil’s pair both come to the net, a tactic that has worked during this match so far, but Vesnina and Kudermetova was wise to it and put away another volley to pull ahead 4-1.
And there’s more experience showing on the ROC’s part, as reigning champion Vesnina again puts her shot past the Brazilians.
Brazil get one point back to keep some pressure on, with the Russians are halfway to the bronze medal.
Brazil 4-6 6-4 1-3* ROC
Double fault for Brazil inches the ROC ahead to 2-1. Then Vesnina, with all her experience, hits a super serve which Kudermetova puts away with a simple volley.
Brazil 4-6 6-4 0-0* ROC
Here we go, super tiebreak coming up!
Brazil even things up in the doubles bronze medal match
Brazil’s Pigossi and Stefani have pushed the bronze medal match to a super tiebreak, taking the second set against ROC’s Kudermetova and Vesnina.
They’re currently in a heat break but we’re going to join this match for the exciting finale when they restart!
Insight from Vondrousova
After her surprisingly dominant 6-3 6-1 semi-final win over Elina Svitolina, Vondrousova gave some insight into how her win over Osaka helped spur her on at the Olympics:
I was thinking that two or three matches would have been great, and then I beat Naomi so then I thought that I was playing well and that maybe I could even do better.
I’m now just happy to be in the final. It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t believe it. Maybe it’ll sink in later. This is amazing, even if it’s silver or gold, it’s amazing and I’m just very proud.
A huge opportunity for her today to win an Olympic gold medal.
Djokovic is struggling
The World No 1 Novak Djokovic suffered a shock loss in the semi-final yesterday, and is now down a set to Pablo Carreno Busta in the battle for bronze. Score is currently at 6-4 4-5 – with Djokovic ahead in the second set.
The doubles bronze medal match is underway
The ROC’s Kudermetova and Vesnina are lading by one set, but Brazilian pair Pigossi and Stefani are up a break in the second set.
Hello and welcome to our women’s tennis blog this morning on the eighth day of Tokyo 2020.
Yet again, Olympic tennis ripped up the rulebook this past week and has taught us there are no guarantees. But isn’t that the way it always is in women’s tennis anyway?
Favourite Ash Barty lost in the first round, then Naomi Osaka’s comeback fell apart quickly soon after and suddenly the field was wide open.
The two women who have seized the opportunity to reach the final are Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Bencic’s road to the final includes a win over French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and she is also guaranteed a medal in the doubles final tomorrow with partner Viktorija Golubic. That is some way to step up at the Olympics for the world No 12, especially after a very mixed year of results for her so far in 2021.
As for Vondrousova, the 2019 Roland Garros finalist has been the dark horse at this tournament, including beating Osaka in straight sets to make it to this stage.
She and Bencic have only played each other once on tour, earlier this year in Miami, with Vondrousova beating Bencic in a hard-fought three-setter.
Like with Bencic, Vondrousova’s results this year have been a mixed bag and she is down the rankings at 42 in the world, but her experience in a Grand Slam final may well help the 22 year old deal with the pressure here.
But before we get there we have a bronze medal to award, with Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina set to compete for it.
We will keep you up to date on the blog for all the women’s tennis this morning, as and when it happens. Stay with us!
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