Australia’s women’s tennis world number one, Ashleigh Barty, endured a disastrous outing in her first-round meeting against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo at the Tokyo Olympics, losing 4-6 3-6 in straight sets against the unheralded Spaniard to crash out of the competition in the first round barely two weeks after claiming her first Wimbledon crown. Sorribes Tormo converted five of nine break points in an error-riddled performance by Barty as she picked up a significant win for Team Spain in the Olympics.
Japan’s 23-year-old Naomi Osaka returned from her self-imposed exile against China’s Zheng Saisai in their first-round meeting, which ended in a 6-1 6-4 victory for Osaka. The match was pushed back by 24 hours after Osaka was given the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony. Osaka’s progression into the second round comes eight weeks after her last match, which was at the French Open.
Great Britain’s Andy Murray has announced his decision to pull out of the singles event due to injury. This decision came after he partnered with Joe Salisbury to give Team GB a 6-3 6-2 first round win over the French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics.