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They mentioned Hyeon Chung's AO blisters. Whatever happened to him? He showed such promise.
And that's just what she does! Comes through that last game and brings a singles gold medal home to Switzerland!3 games in a row for Vondrousova now.
If they're gone to take turns with winning three games in a row, I'm up for Bencic taking her turn to do it now.
Good result IMO - this pairing are solid and they put the work in on the tour. It's nice to see countrywomen like Bencic/Golubic get together and pair up for the Olympics - maybe they'll play more on tour together now? I don't know if they even played any warm-up events together this year to prepare for this? Anyway, Krejcikova in particular is having a phenomenal year and to me, at the Olympics it doesn't matter if you win singles or doubles gold - both are extremely tough events and arguably doubles gets given more coverage than any other event (unless it's a high profile player playing doubles randomly at a slam, or a random pairing of high profile players). I do think the Mixed needs a massive overhaul though - I think the draw is too small and to qualify they should have to play doubles/mixed at slams a set number of times. Maybe that's too optimistic as they have to pair players up from the same country, so I understand if it's a logistical thing, but to me I've just had no interest in it. To add to that, I found Novak's withdrawal frustrating and it undermined the value of it further.Over, Czechs win.
Helluva year for Ms. Krejcikova.
They’ve played together all year. Runner-up at AO, won Gippsland, Madrid, & FO.Good result IMO - this pairing are solid and they put the work in on the tour. It's nice to see countrywomen get together and pair up for the Olympics - maybe they'll play more on your together now? I don't know if they even played any warm-up events together this year to prepare for this?
The same happened to Nadal at the 2016 Games - lost in the SF then lost the Bronze medal play-off to Nishikori, but the difference being that Nadal already had a gold in singles and went on to win the doubles gold at those games. I feel these were the last opportunities for Djokovic at the Olympics, so maybe that bothered him alongside the fact he has played and won so much the past few months. To add to that, prospects of a Golden Slam just add more weight of pressure and now it's 'just' a Grand Slam on the line. I think he will get it - he will be fresher than he was in Tokyo, but Zverev's win should remind others that Djokovic is beatable, even if it's less likely over five sets.He was tired because he played RG and Wimbledon pretty much back to back winning both.
Nice win for them, but mixed doubles needs a rethink and overhaul of some kind. 16 teams is so limited. How many played the slams together this year as a warm-up? I would be intrigued to know. I would say doubles gold is equal to singles at the Olympics, even with 1 less round, but the mixed just isn't for me.No French Open win for Pavlyuchenkova a mixed doubles gold medal win helps to make up for it.