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Osaka cruises through to next round, Barty crashes out in women’s singles

Naomi Osaka. Photo: Tokyo2020

Tokyo, July 25 (MNN) Home favourite Naomi Osaka got an easy sailing in the first round of the women’s tennis singles at the Olympics here on Sunday as she beat China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-4 in her first match in almost two months.

Earlier in the day, world number one and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty suffered a shock defeat from Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets to crash out of the contest. Tormo, the 48th-ranked player, won 6-4, 6-3.

Osaka – who lit the Olympic Cauldron here on Friday night — last played in the opening round of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31 before pulling out of the tournament citing stress and anxiety.

Osaka will now met Wimbledon quarter-finalist Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland in the second round.

While Barty’s bid to become the first Australian singles gold medallist in tennis ended prematurely at the 2020 Games, she and partner Storm Sanders got through to the second round of the women’s doubles.

Barty could potentially come up against Sorribes Tormo again in the quarter-finals of that competition. Sorribes Tormo and Paula Badosa will be seen in first-round action later on Sunday.

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