There was a lot of anticipation for the return on the court of the young Japanese star Naomi Osaka, absent from the Roland Garros 2021 due to the well-known withdrawal due to the dispute with the organization of the Parisian tournament.
Naomi on the eve of the tournament had decided not to grant more press interviews to preserve her mental health. A protest with a subsequent threat of a fine that led the Japanese to a proper stop, even skipping Wimbledon.
At her home Olympics, Tokyo 2021, Naomi won her first round match by beating Chinese Saisai Zengh in straight sets, qualifying for the second round of the Olympic tournament.
Naomi Osaka: "I'm feeling happy again"
In the interview post match, Naomi talked about her come back on the court and home Olympics, saying, "I think the break I took was more than necessary.
I feel relieved and happy again. never fully focused on tennis. Playing at the Olympics has always been my dream. I feel very refreshed and happy again, even with the questions from the reporters. I feel a little crazy right now.
wrong with my body, I just felt very nervous. I haven't played since Roland Garros, there are things I did wrong, but I think I can improve. When I lit the flame I was super honored. And now I'm just very happy to be here and very happy to play."
In the Other matches, surprise in women's singles, where Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon winner, was eliminated in the first round by Spanish Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 6-4. In the men's singles defending champion Andy Murray retires, while Alexanser Zverev qualifies for the second round.
Murray said: "I am really disappointed that I have to give up the singles tournament, but our medical staff advised me not to play in both specialties, because it could make my situation worse. So I took a lot of difficulty.
decision to give up the singular and concentrate on the double. All this after several consultations with the doctors."