Swiss world number 12 Belinda BENCIC beat Czech Republic’s Marketa in 3 sets but not without controversy.A medical time out by the Swiss apparently suffering from a toe blister has aroused much anger in the tennis community. A toe blister is not that much big of a deal to spend time with the trainer and the fact that it was called just before the opponent serves smacks of gamesmanship on the part of Belinda. I call it momentum killing. She went in to break Marketa’s serve to love to lead 5-3 and ultimately win the match 6-3 in the third.
This match had so many breaks of serve, both players struggling getting a foothold on the first and last sets although the middle set was fairly one sided in favor of VONDROUSOVA.Check out 1-0 first set 40-30. Marketa had a nervous opening serving game hitting an easy forehand wide to hand the break to Belinda early. Check out too 2-2(30-40) the swing of the wrist on the forehand for the break of serve only for Belinda to break back next game. BENCIC eventually taking the first set 7-5.
The middle set did not quite go the same distance as the first, it was over by the 8th game. The court coverage by Marketa was on point. Check out the deft touch at 3-1(40-30).Now on to the controversial bit in the third set. Do we have a right to question a player’s injury status during the match? I don’t think so. In as much as it stinks to high heaven that the time out happened at a great time for Belinda, we do not know what she was feeling so we cant judge. Some say she should have taken the time out when she was serving. BENCIC becomes the first Swiss singles gold medalist, and the fourth overall from her country to win gold after Federer and Wawrinka in the 2008 doubles win and Marc Rosset in Barcelona 1992.