Belinda Bencic continues her success as masterful multi-tasker.
The ninth-seeded Bencic beat Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in the Tokyo Olympics final to make history as the first Swiss woman to capture the Olympic gold medal.
More: Bencic Captures Olympic Gold
Bencic joins Marc Rosset, who won the 1992 gold medal at the Barcelona Games, as the second Swiss gold-medal champion.
On Sunday, Bencic will play for the rare golden double. Bencic is bidding to join Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Nicolas Massu as the fourth champion in the modern era to sweep gold medals in singles and doubles at the same Olympics.
Bencic and partner Viktorija Golubic face French Open doubles champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the gold-medal doubles match five years after Bencic’s mentor, Martina Hingis, partnered Timea Bacsinszky to win the doubles silver medal for Switzerland at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Champions ranging from 2016 Rio gold-medalist Monica Puig to Billie Jean King offered Bencic congratulations on social media.
Congrats @BelindaBencic !!!! Welcome to the Gold Medal Club!!!! ??
— Monica Puig (@MonicaAce93) July 31, 2021
Congratulations to @BelindaBencic who has made history for her country and won Olympic Singles Gold! #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #tennis https://t.co/l8Fq5AOJAB
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 31, 2021
Congratulations @BelindaBencic on your beautiful golden moment and to @VondrousovaM for winning a silver medal for our country!
Incredible final [email protected] | @olympijskytym
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) July 31, 2021
How it started: How it’s going:
2011 Swiss 2021 Olympic champion
Junior Champion #swisstennis #tokyo2020 @swissteam #tennis @BelindaBencic pic.twitter.com/XYHQB6h0kn
— Swiss Tennis (@swiss_tennis) July 31, 2021
Gold recognizes Gold ??
?? @rogerfederer x @BelindaBencic ??#Tokyo2020 | #Tennis | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/w4o5VtjmPz
— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 31, 2021
The moment is yours, @BelindaBencic???#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/dN2jNw4sGr
— wta (@WTA) July 31, 2021
Good as GOLD! ?
Congratulations to Switzerland’s first #Olympics medalist in women’s singles, @BelindaBencic!??
What a #Tennis tournament ? pic.twitter.com/I7TAjHCsBR
— Tennis Hall of Fame (@TennisHalloFame) July 31, 2021
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 31, 2021
Photo credit: International Tennis Federation Facebook