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Singles, Women

Date24 – 31 July 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationAriake Tennis Forest Park, Ariake, Koto, Tokyo, Japan
Participants64 from 32 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

For the first time since 1996 the Olympic tennis tournament took place without at least one of the Williams sisters in the field. The clear favourites were the top two seeds Ash Barty, and the local favourite Naomi Osaka, who had the honour of lighting the Olympic Flame at the 2020 opening ceremony.

America’s 11th seed Jennifer Brady, was eliminated in the first round, but the shock of the opening round was the defeat of top seed Barty by Spain’s Sara Sorribes, ranked 73 in the world. Osaka followed Barty out of the competition two rounds later when beaten by the unseeded Markéta Vondroušová.

The highest ranked player left in the semi-finals was Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (No.4) but she was beaten by Vondroušová, and in the other semi, Swtzerland’s Belinda Bencic beat Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.

In the bronze medal match, fourth seed Elina Svitolina beat Rybakina, and won Ukraine’s first ever Olympic tennis medal. At one stage Svitolina was as set down and 1-3 down in the second set before staging a comeback. In the third and final set, Svitolina was 1-4 down, before winning the next five games in a row to win 6-4.

On her Games début at the age of 24, Belinda Bencic beat Markéta Vondroušová in three sets to become the first Swiss woman to win an Olympic tennis gold.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1Belinda BencicSUIGold
2Markéta VondroušováCZESilver
3Elina SvitolinaUKRBronze
4Yelena RybakinaKAZ
=5Paula BadosaESP
=5Camila GiorgiITA
=5Garbiñe MuguruzaESP
=5Anastasiya PavlyuchenkovaROC
=9Barbora KrejčíkováCZE
=9Naomi OsakaJPN
=9Karolina PlíškováCZE
=9Nadia PodoroskaARG
=9Maria SakkariGRE
=9Sara SorribesESP
=9Donna VekićCRO
=9Alison Van UytvanckBEL
=17Yekaterina AleksandrovaROC
=17Mihaela BuzărnescuROU
=17Misaki DoiJPN
=17Leylah FernandezCAN
=17Fiona FerroFRA
=17Anna-Lena FriedsamGER
=17Viktorija GolubicSUI
=17Petra KvitováCZE
=17Rebecca PetersonSWE
=17Aryna SabalenkaBLR
=17Nina StojanovićSRB
=17Carla SuárezESP
=17Iga ŚwiątekPOL
=17Ajla TomljanovicAUS
=17Yelena VesninaROC
=17Wang QiangCHN
=33Mona BarthelGER
=33Ashleigh BartyAUS
=33Kiki BertensNED
=33Jennifer BradyUSA
=33Verónica CepedePAR
=33Alizé CornetFRA
=33Zarina DiyasKAZ
=33Sara ErraniITA
=33Caroline GarciaFRA
=33Nao HibinoJPN
=33Ons JabeurTUN
=33Ivana JorovićSRB
=33Anett KontaveitEST
=33Veronika KudermetovaROC
=33Magda LinettePOL
=33Elise MertensBEL
=33Kristina MladenovicFRA
=33María Camila OsorioCOL
=33Jeļena OstapenkoLAT
=33Jasmine PaoliniITA
=33Jessica PegulaUSA
=33Yuliya PutintsevaKAZ
=33Alison RiskeUSA
=33Anastasija SevastovaLAT
=33Maiar SherifEGY
=33Yaroslava ShvedovaKAZ
=33Laura SiegemundGER
=33Samantha StosurAUS
=33Heather WatsonGBR
=33Dayana YastremskaUKR
=33Renata ZarazuaMEX
=33Zheng SaisaiCHN