Swiatek Cruises In Olympic Opener As Djokovic Begins Gold Medal Bid
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sat 24th July 2021 | 10:10 AM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jul, 2021 ) :Poland's Iga Swiatek swept into the second round of the Olympics tennis tournament on Saturday as Novak Djokovic prepared to launch his bid for a gold medal.
Swiatek, last year's French Open champion, needed just over an hour to brush aside 172nd-ranked Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-2 in hot sunshine at Ariake Tennis Park.
The 19,900-seat venue, home to 11 outdoor courts and the showpiece Ariake Coliseum court, was almost empty, with fans barred from all but a handful of Olympic sites in Tokyo because of strict Covid-19 rules.
"Even though I've practised here for a few days already, a match is totally different because the stress comes in and the conditions are different, you feel everything twice as much.
"I'm pretty happy that I'm into the second round. Not only was the humidity and temperature hard, but also the sun.
" Last month's beaten Roland Garros finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova inflicted a crushing 6-0, 6-1 defeat on Italy's Sara Errani, the 2012 French Open runner-up.
Osaka was originally scheduled to kick off the tournament against China's Zheng Saisai, but her match was pushed back 24 hours after she was chosen to light the Olympic cauldron in Friday's opening ceremony.