Naomi Osaka in action during the second round singles matches at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo Credit: ITF/Twitter)

Asian stars Osaka and Rybakina reach Women’s singles pre-quarterfinals at Tokyo 2020

Japan’s home favourite Naomi Osaka and Kazakhstan’s rising superstar Elena Rybakina have both booked their spots in the pre-quarterfinals stage of the Women’s  singles competition at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Asian female tennis stars reached the round of 16 after wrapping up their second round matches in style.

Osaka cruised past Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in 63 62 straight sets victory whereas the 15th seeded Kazakh Rybakina took only one hour and 13 minutes to dispatch the challenge by Swedish player Rebecca Peterson.

In the women’s singles discipline, China’s Qiang Wang and another home girl beside Osaka, Misaki Doi were also in the reckoning to make it to Last 16 but failed against Gabrine Muguruza (ESP) 63 60 and Belinda Bencic (SUI) 62 64, respectively.

In doubles competition, world no 1 female tennis player Ashleigh Barty of Australia made a strong comeback along with her partner Storm Sanders. The duo knocked out Chinese team of Yifan Xu and Zhaoxuan Yang 64 64. With this win, Barty, seeded 6th as team with Sanders, kept her hopes of an Olympic medal alive in doubles.

Among the men, Daniil Medvedev, representing ROC, had a comfortable outing in the second round against 23-year-old Indian youngster Sumit Nagal and eased into the round of 16 with 62 61 win in a match that lasted one hour and six minutes.

In the Men’s doubles competition, the Japanese duo of McLachlan and Nishikori played some great tennis to rise up to home expectations and won their second round match to oust Murray/Skupski team from Great Britain.

Two Asian players each in both Men’s singles, Kei Nishikori (JPN) and Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ), and Women’s singles, Naomi Osaka (JPN) and Elena Rybakina (KAZ), will be in action tomorrow.

Results of Asian Players on Day three of Tennis events at Tokyo 2020:

Men’s Singles – Second Round:

Daniil Medvedev (ROC) def. Sumit Nagal (IND) 62 61

Men’s Doubles – Second Round:

McLachlan/Nishikori (JPN) def. Murray/Skupski (GBR) 63 64

Women’s Singles – Second Round:

Naomi Osaka (JPN) def. Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 63 62

Gabrine Muguruza (ESP) def. Qiang Wang (CHN) 63 60

Belinda Bencic (SUI) def. Misaki Doi (JPN) 62 64

Elena Rybakina (KAZ) def. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 62 63

Women’s Doubles – Second Round:

Barty/Sanders (AUS) def. Xu/Yang (CHN) 64 64

Match schedule of Asian Players on Day four of Tennis events at Tokyo 2020:

Men’s Singles – Second Round:

Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs Marcos Giron (USA)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs Ilya Ivashka (BLR)

Women’s Singles – Third Round:

Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)

Elena Rybakina (KAZ) vs Donna Vekic (CRO)

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