Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 2: Women’s Schedule and Predictions Featuring Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka and Others

Published 07/24/2021, 2:22 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Mike Hewitt


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 have begun and are in taking place in full force. Day 1 of the tennis matches of men’s and women’s singles witnessed a lot of action. Day 2 tomorrow will witness many more superstars battle it out for Olympic glory. The focus will be on the women’s singles category, specifically with Ashleigh Barty getting her campaign started.

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Ashleigh Barty vs Sara Sorribes Tormo

All eyes will be on Barty, as the number one seed goes out to seek glory in Tokyo. The World No.1 recently won the Wimbledon Championships and proved her dominance and worth. She is on her way towards seeking another title after being regarded as a favorite to win the gold.

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In her way stands Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, who has had a decent year so far. The Spaniard won the Guadalajara Open earlier in March. She can prove to be a strong competitor against Barty when they face each other tomorrow.

Final Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to win in straight sets

Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses with the women’s singles trophy on the balcony of the Park Plaza in front of the London Eye after winning the final Pool via REUTERS/Ben Queenborough

Naomi Osaka vs Zheng Saisai

The most anticipated match of the day will be between Naomi Osaka and Zheng Saisai. The rivalry is not very stiff in this case, as Osaka enjoys a 2-1 lead over her. However, Osaka’s comeback is what the fans and media will be awaiting.

Osaka is the crowd favorite in Tokyo, as she is playing in her homeland. Her withdrawal from the French Open and Wimbledon was a big talking point in the past two months. However, the tournament number two seed is determined to mark her comeback with a strong performance.

As far as Zheng is concerned, her 2021 singles run has not been at the highest level. She has a 6-12 win-loss record this year and zero titles to her name.

Final Prediction: Naomi Osaka to win in straight sets

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – July 23, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan carries the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Aryna Sabalenka vs Magda Linette

World No.3 Aryna Sabalenka was the number two seed at the Wimbledon Championships. She could not reach the finals as she lost out to Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals. However, the Belarusian faces a stiff challenge tomorrow when she faces World No.45 Magda Linette.

The Polish star has impressed many in her career, however has not achieved a lot of success in her career yet. However, she could prove to be a strong contender in tomorrow’s match.

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Final Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win 2-1

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her quarter final match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The other first-round matches include the likes of Ons Jabeur, Karolina Pliskova, Iga Swiatek and Ajla Tomljanovic taking on their opponents tomorrow. All first round matches get over tomorrow as Day2 will conclude. All matches will be held at 2:00 am GMT.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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