Krejcikova and Siniakova dash Belinda Bencic double gold hopes at Tokyo 2020


Krejcikova and Siniakova won doubles gold (Picture: Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty)

Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova claimed a first Olympics gold medal on Sunday as they downed Swiss duo Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic.

The top seeds were the heavy favourites to win the title in Tokyo and they were too strong in the final, winning 7-5 6-1.

A first break in the 11th game of a tight first set proved the key moment of the match.

Siniakova and Krejcikova reeled off six games in a row to get a stranglehold on the match, with the Swiss pair suddenly overwhelmed.

Bencic – who defeated Siniakova and Krejcikova’s compatriot Marketa Vondrousova in Saturday’s women’s singles final – was aiming to join an elite three-player club of players who had won double gold at a Games since tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988.

Bencic and Golubic were beaten (Picture: Getty)



Swiss Olympic medallists since 2008

Beijing 2008: Gold (Federer and Wawrinka, men’s doubles)
London 2012: Silver (Federer, men’s singles)
Rio 2016: Silver (Hingis and Bascsinszky, women’s doubles)
Tokyo 2020: Gold & silver (Bencic, women’s singles & doubles)

However, she could not follow in the footsteps of Venus Williams (Sydney 2000), Nicolas Massu (Athens 2004) and Serena Williams (London 2012) to pick up two golds.

Still, a gold and a silver is a remarkable effort for the ninth seed, who will head into the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, in confident mood.

So too will Krejcikova, who is enjoying a spectacular year.

She has won the French Open in singles and risen to world No. 11, while also picking up a women’s doubles title at Roland Garros and a mixed Slam at the Australian Open.

Brazilian duo Luisa Stefani and Laura Pigossi won the women’s doubles bronze medal on Saturday, beating Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina 4-6 6-4 11-9.

Vesnina will return for the mixed doubles gold medal match later on Sunday, teaming up with Aslan Karatsev to face fellow Russian Olympic Committee team-mates Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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