Japan’s Naomi Osaka powered via her opening match on the Tokyo Video games on Sunday as world No 1 Ash Barty stumbled out of the event after a lacklustre, error-strewn efficiency.
Osaka, who’s aiming to change into solely the fourth singles participant since 1988 to win Olympic gold on residence soil, admitted to having the jitters however confirmed no indicators of strain in dismantling China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-4 on Centre Court docket.
“I felt actually nervous being in Japan and taking part in right here for the primary time in perhaps two years, and for it to be my first Olympics,” Osaka instructed reporters.
“It was undoubtedly actually nerve-wracking. However I’m glad I used to be in a position to win. She is a really robust opponent.”
The four-times Grand Slam champion, who lit the Olympic cauldron on Friday, is broadly seen as certainly one of Japan’s largest medal contenders with all 4 of her main titles approaching onerous courts – the identical floor used on the Ariake Tennis Park.
Osaka mentioned she was feeling refreshed having been on an prolonged break since Could to deal with her psychological well being.
The world quantity two was additionally unbothered by the sweltering warmth that has troubled different gamers in Tokyo.
“It feels positive for me… I really like being right here, and I truly actually just like the climate,” she mentioned.
On Saturday, the highest two males’s gamers, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, had referred to as on organisers to maneuver matches to the late afternoon to avoid wasting gamers from the stifling circumstances.
Australian Barty, a twice Grand Slam champion recent off her victory at Wimbledon, was dumped out of the ladies’s singles after a shocking 6-4 6-3 loss to Forty eighth-ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Barty by no means appeared snug towards the Spaniard, who took benefit of a string of errors off the 25-year-old’s racket to arrange a gathering with France’s Fiona Ferro.
“I by no means actually felt snug on the market and wasn’t in a position to play the match on my phrases,” Barty mentioned.
“The important thing to my sport is serving nicely and I wasn’t in a position to try this right now. I used to be a bit erratic and made too many errors.”
Her compatriot Max Purcell was extra lucky, upsetting ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada shortly after he was introduced as a substitute for British participant Andy Murray.
Murray, who had been aiming to change into the primary participant to win three Olympic singles gold medals, pulled out of the event hours earlier than the beginning of his opening match as a result of a thigh pressure.
In the meantime, French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a decent three-setter towards Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber, getting back from a break down within the remaining set to win 6-3 3-6 6-3.
The Greek third seed will subsequent play Frances Tiafoe, who beat him within the first spherical at Wimbledon final month.
Osaka’s Japanese teammate Kei Nishikori, who received the bronze medal at Rio 2016, additionally superior to the second spherical after beating Andrey Rublev of the Russian Olympic Committee. Reuters
When does the Olympic tennis start?
The Tokyo 2020 tennis started on Saturday July 24 and runs till Sunday August 1 on the Ariake Tennis Park. Play will start at 3am BST from July 24 till July 30 after which for the ultimate three days at 4am BST.
When does Andy Murray play?
A thigh pressure compelled Murray to withdraw from his Olympics first-round singles match simply hours earlier than he was as a result of go on court docket, ending his quest for a 3rd successive males’s singles gold. He’ll now deal with the doubles alongside team-mate Joe Salisbury. The date for his or her subsequent match continues to be TBC.
What number of Olympic tennis occasions are there?
5: the ladies’s singles, males’s singles, ladies’s doubles, males’s doubles and combined doubles.
What’s the format?
It’s a straight knockout format with each singles attracts consisting of 64 gamers. The boys’s and ladies’s doubles competitions are 5 rounds, from a complete of 32 entrants. The combined doubles have a complete of 16 entrants.
All singles matches are one of the best of three units with a standard first to seven tie-break in each set, together with a deciding third set. In doubles, as an alternative of a 3rd set it is going to be a match tiebreak (the primary to 10).
What’s the full order of play?
Sunday’s order of play
(Play begins on all courts at 11:00am native/3am BST)
(WS – ladies’s singles, MS – males’s singles, WD – ladies’s doubles, MD – males’s doubles)
Centre Court docket
WS 1 (1) BARTY Ashleigh (AUS) vs SORRIBES TORMO Sara (ESP)
WS 1 ZHENG Saisai (CHN) vs (2) OSAKA Naomi (JPN)
MS 1 MURRAY Andy (GBR) vs (9) AUGER-ALIASSIME Felix (CAN)
MS 1 KOHLSCHREIBER Philipp (GER) vs (3) TSITSIPAS Stefanos (GRE)
Court docket 1
WS 1 (3) SABALENKA Aryna (BLR) vs LINETTE Magda (POL)
MS 1 (4) ZVEREV Alexander (GER) vs LU Yen-Hsun (TPE)
WS 1 SIEGEMUND Laura (GER) vs (4) SVITOLINA Elina (UKR)
MS 1 NISHIKORI Kei (JPN) vs (5) RUBLEV Andrey (ROC)
Court docket 2
WS 1 (5) PLISKOVA Karolina (CZE) vs CORNET Alize (FRA)
MS 1 FUCSOVICS Marton (HUN) vs (7) HURKACZ Hubert (POL)
WS 1 KUDERMETOVA Veronika (ROC) vs (7) MUGURUZA Garbine (ESP)
MS 1 (8) SCHWARTZMAN Diego (ARG) vs (ITF) VARILLAS Juan Pablo (PER)
Court docket 3
MS 1 NISHIOKA Yoshihito (JPN) vs (12) KHACHANOV Karen (ROC)
MS 1 (10) MONFILS Gael (FRA) vs IVASHKA Ilya (BLR)
WS 1 (10) KVITOVA Petra (CZE) vs PAOLINI Jasmine (ITA)
MS 1 KWON Soonwoo (KOR) vs TIAFOE Frances (USA)
Court docket 4
WS 1 ALEKSANDROVA Ekaterina (ROC) vs (12) MERTENS Elise (BEL)
WS 1 JOROVIC Ivana (SRB) vs van UYTVANCK Alison (BEL)
MS 1 GOMBOS Norbert (SVK) vs GIRON Marcos (USA)
MS 1 (ITF) MACHAC Tomas (CZE) vs SOUSA Joao (POR)
Court docket 5
WS 1 (ITF) CEPEDE ROYG Veronica (PAR) vs (ITF) WANG Qiang (CHN)
WS 1 SUAREZ NAVARRO Carla (ESP) vs JABEUR Ons (TUN)
WD 1 BENCIC / GOLUBIC (SUI) vs (2) AOYAMA / SHIBAHARA (JPN)
MD 1 DANIEL / NISHIOKA (JPN) vs CILIC / DODIG (CRO)
Court docket 6
WS 1 FERRO Fiona (FRA) vs SEVASTOVA Anastasija (LAT)
WS 1 OSTAPENKO Jelena (LAT) vs VESNINA Elena (ROC)
WS 1 SHVEDOVA Yaroslava (KAZ) vs TOMLJANOVIC Ajla (AUS)
WD 1 PEREZ / STOSUR (AUS) vs OSTAPENKO / SEVASTOVA (LAT)
Court docket 7
WS 1 PUTINTSEVA Yulia (KAZ) vs (ITF) PODOROSKA Nadia (ARG)
MS 1 KUKUSHKIN Mikhail (KAZ) vs CORIA Federico (ARG)
MS 1 KOEPFER Dominik (GER) vs BAGNIS Facundo (ARG)
MD 1 GERASIMOV / IVASHKA (BLR) vs DANIELL / VENUS (NZL)
Court docket 8
MS 1 CERUNDOLO Francisco (ARG) vs (ITF) BROADY Liam (GBR)
WS 1 GARCIA Caroline (FRA) vs VEKIC Donna (CRO)
MD 1 ANDUJAR / CARBALLES BAENA (ESP) vs MUSETTI / SONEGO (ITA)
WD 1 (3) BERTENS / SCHUURS (NED) vs GARCIA / MLADENOVIC (FRA)
Court docket 9
MS 1 KLEIN Lukas (SVK) vs DUCKWORTH James (AUS)
WD 1 (1) KREJCIKOVA / SINIAKOVA (CZE) vs HSIEH / HSU (TPE)
MD 1 (4) KARATSEV / MEDVEDEV (ROC) vs KLEIN / POLASEK (SVK)
WD 1 PLISKOVA / VONDROUSOVA (CZE) vs DUAN / ZHENG (CHN)
Court docket 10
WS 1 GIORGI Camila (ITA) vs (11) BRADY Jennifer (USA)
MS 1 GALAN Daniel Elahi (COL) vs (ITF) SAFWAT Mohamed (EGY)
MD 1 CARRENO BUSTA / DAVIDOVICH FOKINA (ESP) vs (3) CABAL / FARAH (COL)
WD 1 OLMOS / ZARAZUA (MEX) vs BADOSA / SORRIBES TORMO (ESP)
Court docket 11
WD 1 KICHENOK / KICHENOK (UKR) vs MIRZA / RAINA (IND)
MD 1 MILLMAN / SAVILLE (AUS) vs MARACH / OSWALD (AUT)
WD 1 LINETTE / ROSOLSKA (POL) vs (4) MATTEK-SANDS / PEGULA (USA)
WD 1 JURAK / VEKIC (CRO) vs (8) MELICHAR / RISKE (USA)
MD 1 PEERS / PURCELL (AUS) vs KRAJICEK / SANDGREN (USA)