2021 WTA Tokyo Olympics - General Discussion

FakeEmpire

Professional
That schedule for a South European like me combined with work kept me from watching Belinda's matches, but damn if I wasn't happy checking her scores right after waking up or during a work pause mid-morning. I've always had the sense she had the game, but not the mindset to go farther, and this week has (very slightly) vindicated my long fandom and belief, even if she "just" manages to win two silvers. Really hoping she collects, at least, one gold, and that this experience might work as a springboard to even better things for her. If she wins it all, I might or might nor engage in some Titmus' coach-like enthusiasm. :whistle:
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Pigossi has a career high doubles ranking of #247, Stefani’s is #23. I don’t even think Pigossi has played in the main draw of a slam and now she’s an Olympic bronze medallist.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Djokovic/Stojanovic withdraw from the Bronze final so Barty/Peers take home Bronze.

Bronze to Australia :D
 
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FakeEmpire

Professional
Damn, that was some rough 1st set for Svitolina. 6-1 in 28 minutes, death from dropshots.

Eurosport changed to the Track and Field competition. Really hoping Belinda's match gets broadcasted.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Instead of a first Olympics medal for the Ukraine for Svitolina it looks like it'll be a first Olympics medal for Kazakhstan for Rybakina. Up a set and break.
 

fundrazer

Legend
This 4-5 game is ridiculous.

Svitolina finally wins it after Rybakina saved like half a dozen match points. Rybakina probably going to be extremely disappointed.
 

bezs

G.O.A.T.
Tough win for Svitolina after the bad start.

Can't believe she plays with that huge diamond on her finger. :unsure:
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
Bencic doesn't look settled out there.

Played a really bad service game to get broken back at 2-0, now finally lost a very long service game with a DF to lose three games in a row, down a break 2-3.
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
Bencic doesn't look settled out there.

Played a really bad service game to get broken back at 2-0, now finally lost a very long service game with a DF to lose three games in a row, down a break 2-3.
This is more like it! Hitting more freely, and unleashing off both wins, Belinda earns two break points. Can't capitalise, but gains another with fearless hitting, and breaks back!

We're back on serve.
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
Frustration for Bencic as two errors from 15-15 serve up two break points. But she steadies the ship and wins the next four points to hold for 4-3.

This match is finely poised now.
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
High quality now from both players! Most games feel as though they could go either way. Bencic holds for 5-4, one game from the first set now!
 

Kralingen

Legend
Wow, what a time to have a poor service game from Vondrousova. She seems a little overawed by the occasion, she's not playing as smoothly as the previous two matches.

I have to say this is one of the most truly even finals I've ever seen.
 

FakeEmpire

Professional
The moment I start watching the match, Belinda goes double break down. :cautious: But kudos to Vondrousova, serving truly well and getting more aggressive while still consistent (specially with the ROS).
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
The moment I start watching the match, Belinda goes double break down. :cautious: But kudos to Vondrousova, serving truly well and getting more aggressive while still consistent (specially with the ROS).
Tbf, this match probably does deserve a third set. Hopefully Belinda can regroup and win the third!
 

FakeEmpire

Professional
And it goes to three. Rationally, this match deserved a 3rd set. My nerves would have immensely preferred a straight sets win, though, as I don't know if I can trust Bencic's mental composure to hold on now (USO semi flashbacks against Andreescu pilling up on my mind)...
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
Bencic holds after saving BP.

Two games from a gold medal ... Would be a good time to break!

Trainer has been called for her though. :confused:

Hopefully just a blister?
 
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