2021 Tokyo Olympics: Belinda Bencic, Iga Swiatek, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reach 2R

Kiki Bertens' professional tennis journey concluded with a loss to Marketa Vondrousova

by Abbey Johnson
2021 Tokyo Olympics: Belinda Bencic, Iga Swiatek, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reach 2R

Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic made it two-for-two for Switzerland on the first day of tennis action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bencic defeated the United States’ Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes in the first round.

The ninth seed finished with 69 points to Pegula’s 51 and will play Japan’s, Misaki Doi. Doi defeated Mexico’s Renata Zarazua in their round-of-32 clash, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes. Golubic, meanwhile, won her opening-round clash against Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Columbia.

Golubic needed just 59 minutes to post a 6-4, 6-1 win against the youngster. Golubic saved two of the three break points, she faced while converting five of the six break points, she had on Osorio Serrano’s serve. She won 55 points for the match to her opponent’s 31.

In the second round, Golubic will play either Saisai Zheng of China or the second-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan.

2021 Tokyo Olympics: Kiki Bertens bids adieu after a valiant first-round exit

Marketa Vondrousova brought an end to Kiki Bertens’ tennis career after winning their first-round match.

The Czech upset the 16th-seeded Dutchwoman 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in an hour and 56 minutes. In the second round, Vondrousova will play Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu. Buzarnescu got past American Alison Riske 6-7(0), 7-5, 6-4 in their opener.

Serbian Nina Stojanovic dashed Japan’s Nao Hibino’s hopes, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over the latter. In the second round, Stojanovic will take on 14th seed Maria Sakkari of Greece. Sakkari was in a spot of bother in the first set as she trailed her opponent, Estonian, Anett Kontaveit.

However, she made a timely comeback, first by winning the opening set by winning five games in a row and then by eventually clinching the match, 7-5, 6-2. Vondrousova’s compatriot, Barbora Krejcikova reached the second round after her opponent, Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas retired mid-match while down 2-5 in the first set.

The 2021 French Open champion will now play Canada’s, Leylah Fernandez. Fernandez defeated Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the second round with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Italian Sara Errani.

Pavlyuchenkova, seeded 13th in the draw, will play German Anna-Lena Friedsam. Friedsam defeated Great Britain’s Heather Watson 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first round. Rebecca Peterson advanced to the second round with a 7-5, 7-6(1) win over Egypt’s Mayar Sherif.

The Swede will play 15th seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan for a place in the third round. Rybakina won 6-4, 6-2 against Australia’s Samantha Stosur. Spaniard Paula Badosa and Polish sixth seed will play each other in the second round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Badosa defeated France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 in their opener while Swiatek notched a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 victory over German Mona Barthel.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Kiki Bertens Marketa Vondrousova