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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday August 1, 2021

 
Krejcikova and Siniakova

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova became the first Czech tandem to claim women's Gold at the Olympics.

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Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have become the first Czech team to claim an Olympic women’s doubles Gold medal. The 2021 Roland-Garros champions defeated women’s singles Gold medal winner Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 6-1 on Sunday in Tokyo in one hour and 25 minutes.

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"I think it’s just very special," Krejcikova said. “It’s once in four years, it’s something different because you’re representing your country, and everybody back home is watching you. We just want them to be proud."

Krejcikova and Siniakova are the third Czech duo to reach the women’s doubles final at the Olympic Games, joining Silver medalists  Helena Sukova and Jana Novotna in 1988 and 1996 and Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in 2012.

“The motivation we got from the previous medallists is really big," Krejcikova said. "I think we got really inspired by them. I think we really need to thank them because without them we just wouldn’t have the motivation and the inspiration.


From 5-5 in the opening set, Krejcikova and Siniakova reeled off eight of the last nine games. They broke Golubic at 5-5 and closed out the opening set with Siniakova serving at 6-5.

The Czech tandem then broke twice to lead 3-0 in the second set. Siniakova was broken at 3-0, but the Czechs took the final three games to clinch the victory.


Bencic has been riding an emotional high all week in Tokyo. After cruising to the singles title she talked about the sheer joy of creating Olympic memories, ones that she said she would cherish many years down the road.

"It’s not just about the medals or the titles, it’s about the memories you create that will last forever," she said, according to ITF Tennis. "To share this with Viki is unbelievable. The whole week I never felt like I was in a normal tournament or playing alone. She was alongside me the entire way. I always tell her we won this gold medal together as well. When we will be 80 years old and have a coffee, we will talk about these moments and I cannot wait for that.”

 

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