Belinda Bencic fell short in her bid for a second gold medal of the weekend with the Swiss women’s team losing 7-5, 6-1 on Sunday to Czechs Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the doubles final at the Tokyo Olympics.
Bencic, who claimed singles gold only 15 hours earlier, was unable to make more history for Switzerland, which came to the games without Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Jil Teichmann – all injured.
But the two-woman squad of WTA No. 12 Bencic and Viktorija Golubic more than made up for the lack of numbers.
The Czechs, with reigning Roland Garros champion Krejcikova onside, needed five match points to collect their medal, with the Swiss fighting back in the final game to stave off the inevitable.
The 87-minute final featured seven aces off the Czech racquets with none for the Swiss; the winner saved five of the six break points they faced while Bencic and Golubic were broken five times.13 against 38 for the Czechs, who lifted their nation’s first- gold medal in tennis.