2020 Tokyo Games: Naomi Osaka reaches 3R as seeds topple



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2020 Tokyo Games: Naomi Osaka reaches 3R as seeds topple

The second round of the 2020 Tokyo Games featured multiple upsets. Iga Swiatek, Petra Kvitova and Aryna Sabalenka all crashed out on Monday. Spain’s Paula Badosa defeated the sixth-seeded Pole 6-3, 7-6(4) in an hour and 48 minutes to reach the pre-quarter-finals.

Badosa converted four break points while saving three of the five break points on her serve. Swiatek had 32 winners and unforced errors each while Badosa had 16 winners and 22 unforced errors. In the third round, Badosa will play Nadia Podoroska.

The Argentine defeated Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 27 minutes. Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck stunned 10th seed Petra Kvitova. Van Uytvanck dropped the first set 5-7 against the Czech but rallied back to post an emphatic 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 victory after two hours and nine minutes of play.

Errors marked Kvitova’s play. The two-time Wimbledon champion had 23 winners but hit 38 forced and 37 unforced errors. In comparison, Van Uytvanck had just 14 winners, and 26 forced and 15 unforced errors. For a place in the quarter-finals, Van Uytvanck will take on seventh seed Garbine Muguruza.

The Spaniard defeated China’s Qiang Wang 6-3, 6-0 in their round-of-32 clash. Donna Vekic upset the third-seeded Sabalenka 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3). The Croatian will play 15th seed Elena Rybakina next. The Kazakh won against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-3.

Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo continued her Olympic journey by backing her first-round upset over top seed Ashleigh Barty. In the second round, Sorribes Tormo ousted France’s Fiona Ferro 6-1, 6-4. In the next round, she’ll play Russian 13th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Pavlyuchenkova won against German Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-1, 6-1 in their second-round clash.

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Elina Svitolina also made her way into the pre-quarter-finals. The Ukrainian came from a set and break down to defeat Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The fourth seed will take on 14th seed Maria Sakkari next. The Greek beat Serbian Nina Stojanovic 6-1, 6-2 in their round-of-32 encounter. The three other Czechs in the draw made it safely through to the round-of-16. Barbora Krejcikova, seeded eighth, wrapped up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Leylah Fernandez.

For a place in the last eight, the French Open winner will play ninth seed Belinda Bencic. The Swiss won against Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-4. Karolina Pliskova put an end to Carla Suarez Navarro’s Olympic hopes in their second-round match.

The fifth seed won a tough encounter 6-3, 6-7(0), 6-1 against the Spaniard, who’s still in contention in doubles. Lastly, Marketa Vondrousova also reached the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Vondrousova will play second seed Naomi Osaka for a quarter-final spot. Osaka powered through into the third round of the 2020 Tokyo Games with a strong 6-3, 6-2 victory over Swiss Viktorija Golubic. She was broken just once – in the first set – and converted three break points. She finished the match with 22 winners, and 11 forced and unforced errors each.