Yulia Putintseva and Yaroslava Shvedova’s 2020 Tokyo Games campaign came to a painful end in the first round on Sunday. Both Kazakhstani players were forced to retire due to heat.
Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska advanced to the second round following Putintseva’s retirement. At the time, Podoroska was leading 7-6(4), 3-1. In the second round, Podoroska will play Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova. Alexandrova defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 54 minutes.
Meanwhile, Australian Ajla Tomljanovic reached the second round following Shvedova’s retirement while down 7-5, 3-2 in their opener. In the second round, Tomljanovic will take on fourth seed Elina Svitolina. The Ukrainian needed three hours and six minutes to fend off a determined Laura Siegemund 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. The German hit 28 winners to Svitolina’s 27 but had 48 unforced errors to the latter’s 41.
2020 Tokyo Games: Spaniards rule roost
All three of Spain’s women who played their singles match on Sunday made it to the second round.
Carla Suarez Navarro, who’s playing her last Olympics, ousted Tunisian Ons Jabeur 6-1, 6-4. This is Suarez Navarro’s first win since her return to the Tour, following cancer treatment, at the 2021 French Open. In the second round, Suarez Navarro will play fifth seed Karolina Pliskova. The Czech defeated France’s Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-3 in their opener.
Seventh-seeded Garbine Muguruza beat Russian Veronika Kudermetova 7-5, 7-5. The former world no. 1 will next play China’s Qiang Wang for a place in the third round. Wang ousted Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4, 6-3 in their opener.
Earlier, at the start of the day’s play, Sara Sorribes Tormo caused the biggest upset of the Games by beating Ashleigh Barty.
Russia’s Elena Vesnina ousted Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 to take her place in the second round. Vesnina will take on Italian Camila Giorgi. Giorgi upset 11th seed Jennifer Brady of the USA, 6-3, 6-2.
Giorgi’s compatriot, Jasmine Paolini’s Olympic quest ended on a disappointing note. Czech 10th seed, Petra Kvitova won their opening-round clash 6-4, 6-3. In the next round, Kvitova will play Belgian Alison van Uytvanck. Van Uytvanck defeated Serbian Ivana Jorovic 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.
Aryna Sabalenka and Donna Vekic will play each other for a place in the round-of-16 at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The third-seeded Belarusian won against Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1. The Croatian, meanwhile, ousted the Frenchwoman 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3.