Naomi Osaka’s hopes of becoming the first Japanese player EVER to win Olympic gold boosted by dominant straight sets win over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in round two
- Naomi Osaka made light work of Swiss Viktorija Golubic in round two
- The Japanese banner quickly took the lead to close out a 6-3, 6-2 win
- Osaka wants to become the first Japanese tennis player to win Olympic gold
Naomi Osaka’s bid for Olympic gold in Tokyo is getting stronger by the day as she entered the third round after beating Viktorija Golubic.
Her Swiss opponent could do little to nullify the incoming serve and Osaka, who wants to become the first Japanese player ever to win Olympic gold, was ruthless in her execution.
The 23-year-old raced to a 6-3 lead in the first set and never seemed to get into trouble in an empty Center Court, taking the second and deciding set 6-2.
Naomi Osaka entered the third round of women’s singles with a straight set win
Osaka dominated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic and was ruthless in her 6-3, 6-2 execution
The Japanese star won her first match in eight weeks against Zheng Saisai on Sunday and said she felt refreshed and happy after leaving the field for mental health reasons.
There were some understandable signs of rust, but Osaka, the favorite for gold after world No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty suffered a shocking first-round elimination, was very sharp in a win over Golubic on Monday.
Osaka’s decision to appeal to the media after her win over Saisai marked the end of the media boycott that saw her withdraw from the French Open and Wimbledon.
Osaka is an aggressive baseliner and Golubic could do little to get a reprieve in this match-up
“To be honest, I don’t think it’s that strange to me,” she said of ending her media silence on Sunday.
“It may feel strange to you, but I don’t know. I’m glad I think you guys are asking me questions, but I was mostly focused on playing tennis.
“I think I’m feeling a little out of my body now.”
Elsewhere, Spain’s two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza defeated Wang Qiang, 6-3 6-0 in 61 minutes as she continues her charge for gold.
French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was even faster, taking just 54 minutes to beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-1 and 6-1.
The 23-year-old has chosen to end her media boycott at the Tokyo Games as she speaks on TV