Naomi Osaka makes her return against Zheng at Tokyo Olympics | Olympics



Naomi Osaka’s first match in almost two months will come against 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China within the opening spherical of the Olympic tennis match.

The second-seeded Osaka, who represents host Japan and is likely one of the prime names at the Games, is returning to competitors after she withdrew from the French Open following the primary spherical to take a psychological well being break.

Osaka holds a 2-1 career edge over Zheng.

The first seeded opponent that Osaka may face is No. 16 Kiki Bertens, who’s enjoying the ultimate match of her career. Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, is a attainable quarterfinal opponent for Osaka.

In the lads’s draw, top-ranked Novak Djokovic will open against No. 139 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.

Djokovic is making an attempt to turn out to be the primary man to finish a Golden Slam by successful all 4 main tennis tournaments and an Olympic singles gold medal in the identical year.

Djokovic not too long ago received Wimbledon for his twentieth career Grand Slam title, after opening the year by successful the Australian and French Opens.

Draws have been held Thursday — two days earlier than play opens on the onerous courts at Ariake Tennis Park.

Two-time defending Olympic champion Andy Murray obtained a tricky opener against Fifteenth-ranked Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada, who’s seeded ninth.

Another intriguing first-round match options Kei Nishikori of Japan against fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev of ROC.

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev opens against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Half of the highest 10 males’s gamers will not be in Tokyo, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov all lacking for varied causes.

Serena Williams and Simona Halep are additionally not enjoying.

Top-seeded Ash Barty — the freshly topped Wimbledon champion — will make her Olympic debut for Australia against Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.

Barty can be enjoying doubles with Storm Sanders.

Play begins on Saturday.



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