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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Vekic upsets Sabalenka, as Swiatek and Kvitova also fall

Posted On: 26 Sep 2021   |   Posted By: The Sport Review

Things may have gone according to rankings in the men's singles matches played on Day 3 in Tokyo-though there were only eight of them-but the same could not be said of the women's draw.
Where the two top seeds Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, along with No4 seed Alexander Zverev, cruised to the third round, an already-upset women's draw that had seen world No1 Ash Barty among the four seeds to lose in their openers, then watched a trio of Olympic hopefuls knocked out in the second round.
Two Major champions, No6 seed Iga Swiatek and No10 Petra Kvitova, were joined by world No3 Aryna Sabalenka in much earlier-than-expected losses.
Paula Badosa, ranked 29, put out Swiatek, 6-3, 7-6(4), leaving the young Pole in tears on the court for several minutes after the match was done and dusted. Badosa will now play a fellow non-seed, Nadia Podoroska.
Alison van Uytvanck, ranked 59 following knee surgery in February, came from a set down to beat Kvitova, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, winning the last 10 games on the bounce. It was...

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