Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles in his storied career, but won just one singles medal in four Olympic appearances, winning silver in 2012. Martina Hingis has five Grand Slam championships on her CV but lost in the second round of his only Olympic singles. appearance in 1996. Ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic can accomplish what these Swiss greats failed when she faces Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Friday in the women’s singles gold medal match at the Olympics. of Tokyo in 2020.
The match at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Vondrousova as the -137 favorite ($137 risk to win $100) on the money line in the latest Bencic odds against Vondrousova, while Bencic is a +120 underdog. William Hill also has the over-under for total games at 21.5. Before making any final picks or women’s singles tennis predictions for the 2020 Olympics, you need to check out Olympic tennis expert picks and analysis from SportsLine’s elite handicapper Gavin Mair.
A renowned women’s tennis handicapper, Mair took in huge winnings at the 2020 French Open. He picked Iga Swiatek to win (-163) and win in straight sets (+140), and he was right on both points. Mair also called Jelena Ostapenko (80-1) who won the 2017 French Open, Naomi Osaka (32-1) who won the 2018 US Open and Bianca Andreescu (20-1) who won the US Open 2019.
Earlier this month, Mair correctly predicted a 7-6 score in the second set (+550) in the Wimbledon final between Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova. He also struck in all five of his games spanning the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s singles tournament, including three for extra money.
Now Mair has broken down the latest Olympic women’s tennis singles final odds and released her coveted best bets. He shares all his tennis picks for the 2020 Olympics and betting analysis on SportsLine.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics preview Bencic vs. Vondrousova
Mair expects the gold medal match between Bencic and Vondrousova to be a close, high-quality battle. Vondrousova has already dispatched three of the tournament’s top 16 seeds – two with relative ease. She needed three sets to knock out No. 16 Kiki Bertens in the first round, but overtook second seed – and world No. 2 – Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-4 in the third round and beat the fourth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals.
Vondrousova, 22, has only played a match of similar magnitude once in her career, losing to Ashleigh Barty in the 2019 French Open final. However, she got the better of Bencic in their only previous encounter, beating the Swiss 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the third round of the Miami Open earlier this year. Vondrousova has already had the best Olympic singles result of any woman in the history of the Czech Republic, with Jana Novotna winning the country’s only other medal when she won bronze at the 1996 Games.
Vondrousova has gone through her last four games, but Bencic has won three tough battles in a row to reach the final. The 24-year-old started the 2020 Games with back-to-back straight-set wins but went the distance triumphing over the No. 8 seed – and reigning French Open champion – Barbora Krejcikova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 13th seed and No. 15 seed Elena Rybakina. The semi-final match against Rybakina lasted 2 hours and 44 minutes and saw Bencic save six set points in the opening set to win it in a tie-break in 73 minutes.
Bencic, who is 10-4 in three-set matches this year, was a bit of a surprise in Tokyo after losing in the first round of Wimbledon to 102nd-seeded Kaja Juvan. But she is one victory away from becoming the first Swiss woman to win an Olympic singles medal and joining Marc Rosset (1992) as the only player in the country’s history to win gold in singles at the Games. Bencic, who will also compete for gold with partner Viktorija Golubic in women’s doubles, has reached the final in two of her last four tournaments.
How to make choices between Bencic and Vondrousova at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Mair blocked a pair of better bets for the final, both of which pay out more money. You need to check out his expert picks and analysis before considering your own 2020 Olympic tennis picks.
So who wins Belinda Bencic against Marketa Vondrousova? And what big plus-money bets should you be everywhere? Visit SportsLine now to see Gavin Mair’s best bets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s final, all from the tennis expert who has called longtime winners of three women’s Grand Slam titles since 2017 and hit his five bets on the quarter-finals and semi-finalsand find out.