Osaka Storms Into Tokyo Olympics Third Round; Sabalenka, Swiatek, Kvitova Upset

by Staff | July 26th, 2021, 6:21 pm
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Tournament favorite Naomi Osaka cruised in the third round at the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese sensation ousted Wimbledon quarterfinalist Victorija Golubic 6-3, 6-2 to the delight of her home nation.

“I put this pressure on myself to do well because I know that I don’t play that many tournaments,” said Osaka. “For me, I feel like I’ve watched these players playing the tournaments while I was on my break, so I just really, really want to do well.

“I feel like, as long as I work hard, relatively keep my head down, then good things will happen,” she added. “For me, it’s a dream to be here, to play the Olympics. This is my first time. I’m just trying to cherish this experience.”

Osaka is back on court today to face one-time French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova.

Maria Sakkari and Elina Svitolina also advanced to a third round meeting today. And Barbora Krejcikova and Belinda Bencic set-up a big showdown today.

But the upsets continued. World No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka fell apart in a shock loss to former Top 20 Donna Vekic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3).

“It is really good, really satisfying,” said Vekic. “Winning 7-6 in the third set is always great. She’s playing really good tennis this year so I’m sure this win will give me a lot of confidence.

“I don’t want to think about my chances of a medal. I’ve played two tough, long matches. I’ve come here I would say not 100 per cent prepared. I’m still struggling a little bit with my knee. I’m just taking it one day at a time. I will try to recover and get ready for tomorrow.”

Petra Kvitova faded in a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium and former French champion Iga Swiatek was left teary-eyed following a 6-3, 7-6(4) loss to Paula Badosa.

“She’s a legend in our sport,” said Van Uytvanck. “She’s an absolute great player and it’s an honour to share the court with her – that’s what I told her at the net. I think what she has done for women’s tennis is incredible.

“I hope that I can maybe some day achieve the same things she has achieved. I’m proud of myself with what I did on court today and the level I reached.”

Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were all winners as well.

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One Comment for Osaka Storms Into Tokyo Olympics Third Round; Sabalenka, Swiatek, Kvitova Upset

Wog Boy Says:

“ Osaka Storms Into Tokyo Olympics Third Round”

Sure she did…and she storms out too…in no time…and she didn’t mind doing press conferences either….

Good job Vondrousova, it was sort of trashing her on her “home” ground 👍

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