Belinda Bencic of Switzerland is facing Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Saturday night in a gold medal match that is far more quiet and subdued (at least in the stands) than what Tokyo Games organizers were hoping for.
Vondrousova beat Naomi Osaka in the third round of the women’s singles tournament earlier this week, ending the hopes of many Japanese for a marquee Olympic moment with one of their biggest sporting stars. Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony.
Bencic has a chance to win two golds: one in singles and one in women’s doubles. She is scheduled to play with Viktorija Golubic on Sunday — also against the Czech Republic (but against the top-seeded team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova).
Earlier Saturday, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine came back from a bad first set to defeat Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan for bronze, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.