Naomi Osaka’s hopes of becoming first Japanese player EVER to win Olympic gold boosted by dominant straight sets win over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in round two
- Naomi Osaka made lightwork of Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in round two
- The Japanese poster girl raced into an early lead and concluded a 6-3, 6-2 win
- Osaka is looking to be Japan’s first ever tennis player to win an Olympic gold
Naomi Osaka‘s bid for Tokyo Olympic gold is growing stronger by the day as she cruised into the third round after defeating Viktorija Golubic.
Her Swiss opponent could do little to nullify the incoming serve and Osaka, who is bidding to become the first Japanese player ever to win Olympic gold, was ruthless in her execution.
The 23-year-old raced into a 6-3 lead in the first set and never looked like being troubled inside a vacant Centre Court, taking the second and decisive set 6-2.
Naomi Osaka cruised into round three of the women’s singles with a straight sets victory
Osaka dominated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic and was ruthless in her 6-3, 6-2 execution
The Japanese star won her first match in eight weeks against Zheng Saisai on Sunday, saying she felt refreshed and happy after stepping away from the court for mental health reasons.
There were a few understandable signs of rust but Osaka, the favourite for gold after world No 1 and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty suffered a shock first round elimination, was very sharp in a victory over Golubic on Monday.
Osaka’s decision to address the media after her win over Saisai marked the end of the media boycott that saw her withdraw from the French Open and Wimbledon.
Osaka is an aggressive baseliner and Golubic could do little to get respite in this match-up
‘For me, honestly I don’t feel that weird about it,’ she said of ending her media silence on Sunday.
‘It might feel weird to you guys, but I don’t know. I’m happy that I guess you guys are asking me questions, but more than anything I was just focused on playing tennis.
‘I guess I feel a little bit out of my body right now.’
Elsewhere Spain’s two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza beat Wang Qiang, 6-3 6-0 in 61 minutes as she continues her charge towards gold.
French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was even swifter, needing just 54 minutes to beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-1 6-1.
More to follow.