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Tokyo Olympics: Barbora Krejcikova, Katerina Siniakova secure gold in women's doubles tennis

Barbora Krejcikova, who also won the Roland Garros singles trophy earlier this year, and Katerina Siniakova were dominant from the word go.

Published: 01st August 2021 03:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2021 03:00 PM   |  A+A-

Barbora Krejcikova, of the Czech Republic, returns a shot during the women's doubles gold medal match of the tennis competition against Switzerland at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Barbora Krejcikova, of the Czech Republic, returns a shot during the women's doubles gold medal match of the tennis competition against Switzerland at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo | AP)

By ANI

TOKYO: Czech duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova claimed gold by beating Swiss singles champion Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic in the final of women's doubles tennis here at Ariake Tennis -- Centre Court on Sunday.

Czech pair added the Olympic women's doubles title to their French Open crown. The top seeds edged a tight opening set before racing through the second to win 7-5, 6-1 on their fifth match point. Match lasted for one hour and 25-minute.

Krejcikova, who also won the Roland Garros singles trophy earlier this year, and Siniakova were dominant from the word go against Bencic and Golubic.

Krejcikova and Siniakova were the third Czech duo to reach the women's doubles Olympic final: silver medals were captured by Helena Sukova and the late Jana Novotna (Krejcikova's former mentor) in both 1988 and 1996, while Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka earned silver in 2012, as per WTA.

It is the Czech Republic's first Olympic gold medal in tennis. Slovak Miloslav Mecir took the singles title for Czechoslovakia on the sport's return to the Games in 1988.

With the second-place finish, Bencic and Golubic earned Switzerland's second straight Olympic silver medal in women's doubles, following Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis in 2016.

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