A victory for Osaka and a shocking exit for Barty and Anas Jaber from the first round of the tennis competitions


A victory for Osaka and a shocking exit for Barty and Anas Jaber from the first round of the tennis competitions

Tough pass for Tsitsipas, easy for Zverev into the second round… Murray’s withdrawal from the singles competition

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Spain’s Sarah Tormo celebrates her surprise victory over Barty (AFP)

Tokyo: «Middle East»

The second day of women’s tennis at the Tokyo Olympics witnessed two big surprises, represented by the exit of world number one Ashleigh Barty and Tunisian Anas Jaber, one of the contenders for the title, from the first round, while Japan’s Naomi Osaka easily crossed to the second round in her first match since her controversial withdrawal from French Roland Garros.
Barty, 25, who has been crowned Wimbledon, the third grand slam title two weeks ago, fell to Spain’s Sarah Soribes Tormo, the 48th seed in the world, 6-4, 6-3.
Barty had hoped in her first Olympics to become the first Australian to win gold in tennis or to collect at least a medal for her country in the singles, but she will now try to do so in the women’s doubles after she crossed Saturday to the second round with Storm Sanders, where she is likely to face Tormo again in the quarter-finals. “I’m disappointed I didn’t qualify,” Barty said. “It just wasn’t my day. I didn’t feel comfortable playing…I made a lot of mistakes.”
For her part, the Spaniard, who will meet Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro in the second round, said: “It is a great victory, I still cannot believe the victory over the first seed. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of all my life, to be here. I’m so happy”.
In addition, after receiving the honor of lighting the torch at the opening ceremony on Friday to mark the start of the games, Osaka, ranked second in the world, returned to the competitions after her controversial withdrawal before her second-round match from Roland Garros, and beat China’s Saisei Jing 6-1. 6-4 to set a date With Swiss Victoria Golubec, who defeated Colombian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-4 6-1. Osaka withdrew before her second round match at Roland Garros last June, due to the repercussions of her decision to boycott the media, before revealing her suffering Depression problems also kept her from competing at Wimbledon.
Osaka will be the most prominent candidate to win the title, especially in the absence of many of the top ten seeded women, such as Romanian 10th seed Simona Halep and American Serena Williams, in addition to Barty’s exit. “I feel more than ever that I focus only on tennis,” Osaka said after the victory. “Playing in the Olympics has been a dream I’ve had since I was a child.”
For her part, after she became the first Arab player to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the first Arab to win a title in the Women’s Association Tournament, Anas Jaber arrived in Tokyo with high expectations to win a medal, but the 23rd world ranked player fell in the first test against the Spanish Carla Suarez Navarro ( The 206th seed) scored 4-6, 1-6, to go home early.
In the men’s, Andy Murray, who won gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016, announced his withdrawal from the singles competitions due to muscle problems, hours before his match with Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. “I am very sad to have to withdraw,” Murray said. “The medical team advised me not to participate in both events (in addition to the doubles), so I made the decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing with Joe (Sallysbury).”
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, runner-up at Roland Garros, beat Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a date with American Francis Tiafoe.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev, ranked fifth in the world, did not have difficulty overcoming Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lo 6-1, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan, who defeated Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat 7-5, 6-1. Japan’s Kei Nishikori fell at home in First round against Russia’s Karen Khachanov, who plays under the Olympic flag 6 – 3, 1 – 6, 2 – 6.


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