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26.07.2021 Tennis

Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka, Garbine Muguruza, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova into third round of women's singles

By BBC
Second seed Naomi Osaka is the highest ranked player remaining in the women's draw
LISTEN JUL 26, 2021
Second seed Naomi Osaka is the highest ranked player remaining in the women's draw

Japan's Naomi Osaka cruised into the third round of the Tokyo Olympics women's singles with a 65-minute victory over Viktorija Golubic.

Second seed Osaka, the favourite for the gold medal following Ashleigh Barty's first-round exit, beat the Swiss 6-3 6-2.

She will face either Marketa Vondrousova or Mihaela Buzarnescu for a place in the quarter-finals.

There were speedy victories for Garbine Muguruza and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Osaka took an eight-week break prior to the Games in order to protect her mental health.

She described making her comeback in the Olympics as being an "interesting" experience.

"The flag is next to my name no matter what tournament I play, but I feel like the scale of this is much bigger," she told American TV.

"It's something I've been waiting for eight years."

Spain's two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza saw off China's Wang Qiang 6-3 6-0 in 61 minutes.

French Open runner-up Pavlyuchenkova, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, took just 54 minutes to beat Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-1 6-1.

World number one Novak Djokovic is in action later on Monday in the men's event, while Britons Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski compete in the men's doubles.

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