For Bencic, it’s a day the 24-year-old will never forget.
First up the No.9 seed saved six set points in the opener and rallied from a break down in the decider to outlast Elena Rybakina 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 to earn a singles gold medal match.
“My emotions right now, it's too high,” stated a beaming Bencic, ensuring Switzerland of a tennis medal of any colour in a fourth successive Olympics.
“Even to be here as an athlete, in the Olympics, it's amazing. To have a medal, it’s the greatest, it's something I dreamed of, and I didn't think it would become reality. I'm beyond relieved and happy.”
Following in the footsteps of Marc Rosset, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky, Bencic is set emulate her compatriots or even go one step better.