Most favorites with the frustrated dream of a singles medal. This Monday more figures fell in the women’s tennis tournament of the Tokyo Olympic Games, such as Aryna Sabalenka, No. 4 in the world. Two Grand Slam champions also left; Iga Swiatek, No. 8 in the WTA ranking, and Petra Kvitova, No. 13.
It was known that he had a tough commitment and suffered it. Sabalenka, the great figure of Belarusian tennis, lost to Croatian Donna Vekic, world No. 50, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) on the second round on the cement in Tokyo.
Sabalenka, champion this year in Madrid, saw the illusion of reaching the individual Olympic podium thus frustrated. And it became another surprise, as suffered by Australian Ashleigh Barty, World No. 1 and recent Wimbledon champion, on the previous day.
Another Top 10 was fired quickly, as Swiatek, the Pole who surprised everyone last year by winning the Roland Garros crown, was overtaken by rising Spanish Paula Badosa 6-3 7-6 (4).
Meanwhile, Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck left the experienced Czech Kvitova, owner of Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, out of the race by beating her 5-7, 6-3 and 6-0. In the next instance, her rival will be the Spanish of Venezuelan origin Garbiñe Muguruza, also with Grand Slam titles.