Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova beat Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 7-5 6-1 in the women’s doubles tennis final in Tokyo on Sunday to clinch their country’s first Olympic gold in the sport.
Slovak Miloslav Mecir took the singles title for Czechoslovakia on the sport’s return to the Games in 1988.
The first set was an even affair, with both sides holding serve, until Krejcikova and Siniakova pulled away to seal the first set 7-5.
By the second set, they had taken control and were up 3-0 before the Swiss pair broke their serve. But after a series of errors, Bencic and Golubic were soon down 5-1 and facing a mountain to climb to win the match.
They clung on in the last game and battled back when it went to deuce several times, but they failed to convert their advantages and lost the match 7-5, 6-1 to take home silver.
The victory for the top-seeded Czech team and three-time Grand Slam champions put an end to Bencic’s dream of making it a Swiss double golden success, after she triumphed in the women’s singles final a day earlier over Krejcikova and Siniakova’s compatriot Marketa Vondrousova.
But it helps continue a dream summer for Krejcikova who took home both the women’s singles and doubles trophies at this year’s French Open. She and Siniakova also won the 2018 French Open and Wimbledon.
Brazilians Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani won the bronze on Saturday, claiming their country’s first tennis medal with a win over Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina of the Russian Olympic Committee.