On her return to the WTA Tour, Belinda Bencic will meet last Olympic opponent Markta Vondrosova of all places.
Belinda Bencic (WTA 11) got a well deserved break after winning her Olympic singles and silver medal in doubles. She missed last week’s tournament in Montreal, but flew to Cincinnati to prepare for her return to the Tour.
Fortunately, there will be a special meeting in the US state of Ohio: the opponent of the Swiss start is none other than Marketa Vondrousova (WTA 42). The Czech, against whom Bencic was crowned Olympic champion in a dramatic final two weeks ago.
“At first I thought how could that be possible. Bencic said to the other, “I just got them out of my head Keystone SDA To draw her first opponent. Vondrosova just shook her head, “But we both took it with a sense of humor,” said the Eastern Swiss woman in a short conversation with the Czech.
The importance of Olympic victory
Even without the previous Olympic history, Vondrosova is a tough opening hurdle. Bencic expects similar erosion as in Tokyo. But a reunion wouldn’t be as mentally challenging as the Olympic final. “It’s going to be a new game. It’s the first round,” said the Swiss woman. “No matter what happens, I’m glad I won this final,” he adds.
Unlike other tennis players, Olympic gold is a very high priority for Bencic. The 24-year-old does not hide this. In the run-up to the Summer Games, her coach asked her what she would choose; Win an Olympic or Grand Slam title. “I said Olympic victory. “That doesn’t mean I don’t dream of winning a Grand Slam,” said the Swiss woman.
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