Women’s Olympic Tennis Final – Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova taking place? Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova will take place on Saturday 31st July, 2021 at (not before) TBC (UK)

Where is Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova taking place? Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova will take place at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo

What surface is Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova played on? Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova will be played on hard courts

Where can I get tickets for Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova? There are no tickets for Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova as Olympic Tennis will take place without spectators.

What TV channel is Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova on in the UK? Olympic coverage is shared between BBC and Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedules for Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova

Where can I stream Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova in the UK? If Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova is televised on BBC then it can be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. If Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova is televised on Eurosport then subscribers can stream the match live on Eurosport Player

THE PREDICTION

World number 12 Belinda Bencic must be floating right now having reached both Gold Medal matches at Tokyo 2020. The 24-year-old beat Elena Rybakina over three sets on Thursday in the Singles to guarantee a silver medal before teaming up with fellow Swiss Viktorija Golubic in the Women’s Doubles to beat Brazil to the final. Former world number four Bencic has four WTA titles to her name but this would be her biggest achievement in tennis so far. From one surprising finalist to another, world number 42 Marketa Vondrousova conceded just four sets to fourth-seed Elina Svitolina in her semi-final to reach the second biggest Saturday of her career. The 22-year-old famously ran through to the 2019 Roland-Garros final before defeat to Ash Barty and in many ways this looks like a redemption story for the Czech, who has since largely underachieved with the weight of that loss likely heavy for some time.

Few would have picked either of these two to reach the Gold Medal Match and frankly no-one would have had them together. Vondrousova came into the Olympic Games off the back of a straight-sets loss to debut wildcarder Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon and Bencic had bombed out in the first round before the Czech in keeping with recent disappointing results. Vondrousova was the winner of their first ever meeting at the Miami Open just a few months ago and that looks telling here, not least because the 22-year-old took out the second seed Naomi Osaka and third seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets. Given that Bencic’s last three matches have seen three sets, take Vondrousova to win at least one as the likeliest looking player to wear that life-changing gold medal.

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