29 Jul 2021, 20:00

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.

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