Vondrousova thumps Svitolina to reach Olympic final

By: AFP      Published: 06:39 PM, 29 Jul, 2021
Vondrousova thumps Svitolina to reach Olympic final

Czech Marketa Vondrousova set up an Olympic women's tennis final against Belinda Bencic by hammering Ukraine's Elina Svitolina on Thursday in Tokyo.

Svitolina was the highest-ranked player left in the draw after shock early exits for Naomi Osaka, beaten by Vondrousova, and Ashleigh Barty, but crashed to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat.

Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up, will take on Switzerland's Bencic for the title on Saturday.

The Czech left-hander won the pair's only previous meeting in Miami earlier this year.

Svitolina, hoping to become Ukraine's first tennis Olympic medallist, will face Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the bronze-medal match.