I. Świątek Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Polish tennis player I. Świątek’s Olympic debut got off to a rousing start when she dispatched of German opponent Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

I. Świątek Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

No. 6 seed and defending Roland Garros winner I. Świątek defeated No. 24 seed and former Top 25 player Barthel in 67 minutes on Centre Court at Ariake Tennis Park.

I. Świątek commented after her victory, “I know that right now I really feel the Olympic atmosphere. It was a fantastic moment for me.”

I. Świątek Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

I. Świątek, who won the gold in doubles at the 2018 Youth Olympics with Kaja Juvan, blew over Barthel in a lopsided victory, 13 to 8. She broke serve six times and hit eight more winners than her opponent. The Polish teen, who is at 28-8 on the year, is aiming for her third singles crown of the year.

I. Świątek jumped off to an early 5-0 lead thanks to her potent groundstrokes, but Barthel clawed her way back into the match by double-faulting her service.

Despite losing against Urszula Radwanska in the opening round of the 2012 London Olympics, Barthel rallied from a break down to pull within 5-2 in the following game.

As a tiebreaker, I. Świątek took control of the match after both players exchanged breaks in the second set. I. Świątek clinched the match with a love hold highlighted by her lone ace of the day, which she used to win the final four games of the match.

I. Świątek’s second-round opponent is Paula Badosa of Spain, who is on the up-and-up. The 29th best in the world Badosa defeated Kristina Mladenovic of France, a former top 10 player, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0.

No. 8 seed Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, the defending Roland Garros winner, also advanced to the second round. When Krejcikova was up 5-2 against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, Diyas retired.

After a breakthrough season in singles, Krejcikova, who is presently rated World No.11, is hoping to continue her success in Tokyo. Astoundingly, she has won 21 of her previous 22 contests.

The Czech, Who Began The Year at No.65 in The World, Has Already Won Three Singles Titles This Year, Including The French Open.

Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova are the top seeds in the women’s doubles tournament and heavy favourites to win the gold medal. The pair has won three Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles.

This year’s runner-up at Roland Garros, No. 13 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, also got off to a fast start in her Olympic campaign. For the Russian Olympic team, Pavlyuchenkova is the top singles player, and she just beat out former Top 5 player Sara Errani of Italy, 6-0, 6-1.

In the 70 minute encounter, Pavlyuchenkova had 12 break point opportunities, converting on seven of them. This performance was identical to her second round showing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It was Errani’s third first-round loss in as many singles Olympic appearances.

Ninth-ranked contender Also prevailing in the first round was Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, who defeated America’s Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and nineteen minutes.

On her debut Olympic outing, Bencic won 82% of her first-service points and was never broken by the steadily improving American.

Elena Rybakina, the No. 15 seed from Kazakhstan, also won the first day of the tournament in straight sets. It took Rybakina 70 minutes to overcome Australian Samantha Stosur, a former US Open winner, 6-4, 6-2.