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Belinda Bencic has revealed more about her feelings after winning gold in the women’s singles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Bencic was speaking before her appearance at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, where she faces Marketa Vondrousova, her final opponent in Japan.
Bencic was in a joyous mood as she spoke to the press, discussing how curious her competitors were about the silverware she won in Tokyo as well as how the triumph made her feel.
The Swiss star said: “Definitely a lot of people want to touch [the gold medal]. I can confirm that.
“For me, achieving this, it’s already amazing. If I stop my career tomorrow I can be very happy about everything.”
Bencic was also asked about what she could learn from that victorious experience going forward, both in the near future at Cincinnati and the US Open and beyond.
She responded: “I feel like all these things, the positive vibes, I didn’t think so much about the tennis. Before the match I was of course nervous, but I was very excited to play the first Olympics, to be able to call myself an Olympian.
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“For me, the Olympics means so much. I’m not saying it because now after all I won it, but it’s really from the start.
“I’ve always wondered how it is actually, when you have the match point in such an important Grand Slam or Olympic final. How do you even walk up to the line, finish it, and everything?
“So now I actually know. I’ve heard a really good quote: when you always give luck a chance, go deep in important tournaments, then at some point maybe it will go for you, turn around for you.”
Bencic was the ninth seed in Tokyo, but went on a remarkable run where she beat Jessica Pegula, Misaki Doi, Barbora Krejicikova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Rybakina to reach the final.
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Eventually, Bencic took home the gold medal ahead of Vondrousova after the pair competed for two and a half hours in the stifling heat.
The rematch takes place on Tuesday evening.
Bencic is seeded 10th in Cincinnati, but will be hoping to make a similarly impressive stretch in the last big tournament before the US Open gets underway at Flushing Meadows on August 30.
Naomi Osaka will be hoping to defend her crown in New York after her stunning victory over Victoria Azarenka in the final last year.
Osaka’s preparation has been far from perfect after she bravely admitted that she struggled with the pressure of being the face of the Olympics in Tokyo, crashing out to Vondrousova in the third round.
On Monday Osaka broke down in a press conference after being hounded about her recent decision to pull out of such media confrontations.
Her agent responded by condemning the line of questioning taken by a particular journalist.
Osaka may face Coco Gauff in an American blockbuster clash in Cincinnati if the latter can win her first round tie with Hsieh Su-wei.
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