The second day of tennis at the Olympics featured a stunning upset as Sara Sorribes Tormo eliminated top seed Ashleigh Barty. Second seed Naomi Osaka, third seed Aryna Sabalenka, fourth seed Elina Svitolina, fifth seed Karolina Pliskova, seventh seed Garbine Muguruza and tenth seed Petra Kvitova advanced.
Spaniard sends Barty packing; other top seeds advance
Sorribes Tormo pulled off the shocker over Barty by a 6-3, 6-4 scoreline. The Aussie, who won Wimbledon just two weeks ago, made 55 unforced errors.
"It was incredible; I don't know what to say", the Spaniard said following the match. "It's the best victory in my career, for sure. Because of the place, for who she is, because of what the Olympics means to me and because of playing for Spain."
Osaka breezed past Saisai Zheng 6-1, 6-4. After having her match pushed back a day due to lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, she won 28 of her 32 service points.
Sabalenka blew away Magda Linette 6-1, 6-2 in 69 minutes. The Belarusian, who at Wimbledon two weeks ago reached her first career major semifinal, won 25 of 27 service points and broke the Pole once in each set.
Pliskova had no issues with Alize Cornet, defeating the Frenchwoman 6-1, 6-3 in just 63 minutes. The Czech won 24 of 30 points on her serve. It was her fourth consecutive win over Cornet.
Muguruza got past Veronika Kudermetova 7-5, 7-5 while Kvitova eased by Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-3. Brady wasn't as fortunate, losing to Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-2 while Mertens blew a lead against Ekaterina Alexandrova as the Russian Olympic Committee athlete won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In matchups between non-seeded players, Alison Van Uytvanck routed Ivana Jorovic 6-3, 6-2, Qiang Wang got by Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4, 6-3, Carla Suarez Navarro eased past Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-1, Fiona Ferro overcame Anastasija Sevastova 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, Elena Vesnina edged Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4, Ajla Tomljanovic advanced when Yaroslava Shvedova retired, Nadia Podoroska also moved on when Yulia Putintseva retired and Donna Vekic squeezed past Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3.
It was another interesting day in the doubles draw as top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova crushed Yu-chieh Hsieh and Chieh-yu Hsu 6-2, 6-1, third seeds Kiki Bertens and Demi Schuurs squeaked by Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 5-7, [11-9] and fourth seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jessica Pegula blew by Magda Linette and Alicja Rosolska 6-1, 6-3.
Second seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara were knocked out by Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 6-4, 6-7 (5), [10-5] and eighth seeds Nicole Melichar and Alison Riske were stunned by alternates Sara Errani and Paolini 6-3, 5-7, [10-2].
Finally, Paula Badosa and Sorribes Tormo edged out Giuliana Olmos and Renata Zarazua 6-2, 6-7 (4), [10-7], Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok rallied past Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina 0-6, 7-6 (0), [10-8], Pliskova and Marketa Vondrousova blew away Ying-Ying Duan and Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-1 and Ellen Perez and Samantha Stosur came from a set down to beat Ostapenko and Sevastova 4-6, 6-1, [10-5].