Vondrousova thumps Svitolina to reach Olympic final
TOKYO, July 29, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - 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.