Tokyo Olympics 2020 Women’s Draw and Bracket: Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka Face Tough Path for Gold

Published 07/21/2021, 10:59 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE May 26. Naomi Osaka of Japan and Ashleigh Barty of Australia after practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier during a practice match in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 2pm 6th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The long anticipation for the Tokyo Olympics tennis event is finally over now with the women’s singles main draw released recently. Thus, fans cannot wait to see Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, and others compete at the Games in two days.


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Notably, the Olympics women’s singles tennis event would have 64 players in the main event. Out of the lot, only three would climb the podium and receive the medals.

The tournament begins on July 24 and will conclude on August 1. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the matchups and potential clashes for the women’s singles tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics.


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Path to Tokyo Olympics final for Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka

Inarguably, the newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty would be the favorite for the gold this year. Given the consistent performances, it would not be easy to stop her on her way anywhere.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses as she celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

Furthermore, the Australian World No.1 is currently at the peak of her form. Hence, it would not surprise anyone to see a gold medal go Down Under because of her.

According to the main draw bracket, Barty will start her Olympics campaign against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo. Following that, the Australian might come against Swiss Belinda Bencic, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, Czech Republican Petra Kvitova, and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza until semifinals. 

On the other side, Japanese star Naomi Osaka will mark her comeback at Tokyo Olympics after the French Open fiasco. Indeed, there are high expectations from the home-favorite player.

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Earlier this season, Osaka lifted her second Australian Open and fourth Grand Slam title of her career. So, it would not be wise to keep her out of the most favorites at the Games this year.

Chiefly, Osaka will take on Chinese professional Zheng Saisai in her first match in almost two months. Moreover, she has Belgian Elise Mertens, Polish Iga Swiatek, Ukranian Elina Monfils, American Jennifer Brady, Tunisian Ons Jabeur, and Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in her half.

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Women’s singles tennis matches to watch out for at the Olympics

Without a doubt, the absence of Olympic champions Venus and Serena Williams have hurt the WTA draw. However, it has also allowed young players such as Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek to shine.

Additionally, former World No.1s Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza would also try for the gold. Also, the reigning French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova will have eyes on her during the Games.

Tennis – French Open – Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, Paris, France – June 14, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova poses with trophies in front of the Eiffel Tower after winning the women’s singles and women’s doubles titles at the French Open REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Some of the first round blockbusters include Belinda Bencic against Jessica Pegula, Garbine Mugurua and Veronika Kudermetova, Karolina Pliskova vs. Alise Cornet, and Ons Jabeur taking on Carla Suarez Navarro.


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Who is your favorite among the women to win the gold in Tokyo?


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