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Tokyo Olympics Round-Up Day One

Kiki Bertens played her last singles match of her career after losing in the first round at Tokyo.




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On Friday it was day one of the main draw for both the men and the women at the Ariake Tennis Stadium.


With 30 matches scheduled it was a very busy day for day one of main draw action in Tokyo for both the men and the women vying to get off to a good start looking to bring home the gold.

On the men’s side, Egor Gerasimov of Belarus beat the Frenchman in three sets which is the new rule instead of best of five 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, the Italian Lorenzo Sonego beat the home favorite Taro Daniel in another three-set match 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Fabio Fognini beat another Japanese player Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-3, the Frenchman Ugo Humbert advanced after beating the Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-6, 6-1 while the Serb Miomir Kecmanovic beat the Pole Kamil Majchrzak 6-4, 6-2.

Aslan Karatsev the first time Olympian and Russian beat the American Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-2, with German Jan-Lennard Struff beating the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Sumit Nagal made history by becoming the first Male player from India to win a single match after needing three sets to beat Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

Jeremy Chardy of France beat Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera of Chile 6-1, 7-6, Danil Medvedev the tournament number two seed beat the Kazak Alexander Bublik 6-4, 7-6, and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili beat another Spaniard Robert Carballes Baena 6-3, 6-2.

John Milman of Australia beat the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 while the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat Pedro Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 6-0.

On the women side, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland beat the American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 and Misaki Doi of Japan beat the Mexican Renata Zarzua 6-3, 6-2.

Czech Marketa Vondrousova needed three sets to beat the Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. That match was Bertens’ last singles match of her career.

Paula Badosa the young Spaniard beat Kristina Mladenovic of France in another three-set battle 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 while Barbora Krejcikova advanced after her opponent Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan was forced to retire due to injury after only seven games at 5-2.

Rebecca Peterson of Sweden beat the Egyptian Mayar Sherif in straight sets 7-5, 7-6, the Greek Maria Sakkari beat the Estonian Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 6-2, and Elena Rybakina beat the Aussie Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2 while the Canadian Leylah Fernandez beat the Ukrainian Dayanna Yastremska in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

Anna Lee Freidsam of Germany beat the Brit Heather Watson 7-6, 6-3, Nina Stojanovic of Serbia beat Nao Hibino of Japan 6-3, 6-3, the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat the Italian veteran Sara Errani of Italy only losing one game 6-0, 6-1.

The young Pole Iga Swiatek beat another German Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-2, and Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland beat the Columbian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-4, 6-1.

Day 2 features some great matches as the world number one on the women’s side Ash Barty, another home favorite Naomi Osaka and Andy Murray will face off against the young Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime.


Ash Barty Reveals ‘Excitement’ After Mixed Doubles Medal In Tokyo

Ash Barty has revealed her excitement after her and John Peers won Australia’s first Olympic tennis medal for 17 years.




Ash Barty and John Peers (@ITFTennis - Twitter)

Ash Barty revealed her excitement at winning Bronze in the mixed doubles in Tokyo with John Peers.


The world number one along with doubles specialist John Peers claimed Australia’s first tennis medal at the Olympics since 2004.

Despite benefiting from a bronze medal match withdrawal from Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic, that hasn’t taken away the happiness of claiming an Olympic medal.

Speaking to the Channel 7 programmes Sunrise Barty proudly spoke about the achievement, “It’s been an amazing week for both John and I,” Barty was quoted as saying by Tennis Australia.

“We’ve played some great tennis, probably the best we’ve ever played together. To walk away with a medal and contribute to the team total here in Australia has been incredible.

“Johnny and I, we put ourselves in a position all week to play good tennis and I feel like we really deserve this one. We were so close to being in that gold medal play-off and I think for both of us, it’s been awesome. We’ve played great. I felt like we really deserved this one for Australia.

“No, I think for us it’s excitement. I just hope as athletes, as a whole Australian team that’s here – all 480 odd of us – we can bring a smile to people’s faces at home when they’re sitting on the couch enjoying watching us trying (to) go out there and do Australia proud.”

As for John Peers it was an achievement of a lifetime, inspired by the traditional Olympic spirit, “Any chance you get to represent your country and to do it alongside Ash, to be able to say we’re the first mixed doubles medallists at an Olympics for Australia is something really special,” the 33 year-old commented.

“There was so much uncertainty leading into the Games and to be able to see the way the Australian team’s come together and sort of really bonded has really shown the Australian spirit, the way that all the athletes get behind each other.

“To be able to show the Olympics is going on in uncertain times is just something really special and unique and hopefully it can be the turning point for the world, and Australia, to come out the other side.”

Both will be hoping that this week will be the start of something special for Australian tennis as they will look to capitalise on this success in three years time in Paris.

Next for John Peers will be Washington next week where he and Filip Polasek are the top seeds.

While Ash Barty will be starting her preparations for the US Open in Cincinnati which starts on the 16th of August.

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Czech Republican Trailblazers Inspire Krejcikova and Siniakova To Olympic Gold In Tokyo

Barbora Krejcikova and Katarina Siniakova reflect on Czech Republic’s Olympic past after Olympic gold.




Barbora Krejcikova and Katarina Siniakova (@WeAreTennis - Twitter)

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova admit that former Czech Republican trailblazers inspired them to win doubles gold in Tokyo.


The top seeds claimed gold with a 7-5 6-1 win over Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic.

After edging a tight opening set, the Czech Republican duo eased to victory to claim gold in Tokyo.

It was a historic gold as the pair went one better than trailblazers Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova who won silver in Seoul 1988 and Atlanta 1992.

After the victory today Krejcikova paid tribute to those before them and said that they were inspired by those who came before them, “The motivation we got from the previous medallists is really big,” the Roland Garros champion told the ITF website.

“I think we got really inspired by them. I think we really need to thank them because without them we just wouldn’t have the motivation and the inspiration.

“It’s really big. We’re really happy and really grateful that we could be here. We did such a great job during these 10 days and we have this beautiful gold medal. It’s pretty much a dream come true.”

While Katerina Siniakova also outlined how special it is to win the gold medal as the top seeds remain the team to beat in the Women’s doubles game, “It’s really special this one,” Siniakova admitted.

“I really enjoyed my whole time here. It was really tough and I’m so glad we kept fighting and in the end we have this one, this gold medal. It’s really amazing. I feel so honoured I got to represent my country.”

The Czech Republican will be favourites to win their fourth grand slam at the US Open in late August.

As for Bencic and Golubic, it has been a successful tournament especially for Bencic who won Olympic gold yesterday.

After the match Bencic admitted it’s not just about Olympic medals and that its about the memories created, “It’s not just about the medals or the titles, it’s about the memories you create that will last forever,” Bencic claimed.

“To share this with Viki is unbelievable. The whole week I never felt like I was in a normal tournament or playing alone. She was alongside me the entire way. I always tell her we won this gold medal together as well.

“When we will be 80 years old and have a coffee, we will talk about these moments and I cannot wait for that.”

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Alexander Zverev Ends Germany’s 33-year Wait For Olympic Singles Gold

The new champion reacts to his historic win in Tokyo.





Alexander Zverev produced a dominant performance against Karen Khachanov to clinch the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.


The world No.5 dropped just five games during his 6-3, 6-1, win over his Russian rival. Impressively Zverev won 84% of his first service points and hit 27 winners against 15 unforced errors in the 79-minute match. It is the third time the German has won a title this season after the Mexican Open and Madrid Masters.

“It’s incredible; this is the biggest tournament you can win in any sport doesn’t matter what anybody else says doesn’t matter what some of the tennis players say,” Tennis Now quoted Zverev as telling the Olympic Channel.
“I can’t believe it. I’m an Olympic gold medalist. This is not even something you can dream about. It’s like so far away. It’s the first time in my life I don’t know what to say in an interview—this is how much it means.”

Zverev’s milestone win came just 24 hours after he stunned world No.1 Novak Djokovic in three sets to end his bid for a Golden Slam in 2021. Earlier in the tournament, he also scored wins over Kei Nishikori, Jeremy Chardy, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Daniel Elahi Galán and Lu Yen-Hsun.

The 24-year-old has become the first player from his country to win a gold medal in singles since Steffi Graf did so back in 1988. The year tennis returned to the Olympic Games. Since then the only other German success in the Games occurred in the doubles with Boris Becker and Michael Stich claiming silver in 1992.

“Because this tournament is not about yourself; I didn’t walk on court for one second for me,” Zverev said. “I walked on court for everybody back at home, everybody here at the village, the whole country of Germany. I never gave up and never lost the spirit.”

Meanwhile, Khachanov can take comfort in being the first Russian man to win a singles medal at the games since Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the title back in 2000. Tokyo was also the first time he has reached a singles final of any sort since winning the 2018 Paris Masters.

“You can analyse as much as you want, but we played an outstanding match from my point of view,” Khachanov told the Olympic News Service. “That’s how I felt, I tried to do basically the same things, had the same game plan. But, you know, he was just better, really. All credit to him.”

On Saturday Pablo Carreno Busta claimed the bronze medal after beating Djokovic in three sets.

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