Home favourite Osaka aiming to avoid an upset in women's singles after getting her Tokyo 2020 Olympic tennis campaign off to a strong start with a win over China's Zheng Saisai.
Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka will face Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland in the second round of the women's singles at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The duo will meet at the on Monday 26 July at 11:00am JST (7pm Sunday in Los Angeles) on the hard courts of the Ariake Tennis Park.
The 23-year-old Osaka of Japan, who was given the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron in the Opening Ceremony on Friday, cruised past Zheng Saisai of China 6-1 6-4 to make it to the second stage.
Meanwhile her opponent, who was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon earlier this month, beat Maria Camila Serrano Osorio of Colombia 6-4 6-1 in the first round. Golubic is currently ranked world No.126, though she has been as high as world No.48.
No nerves from Naomi Osaka in opening round
The four-time major winner and home favourite, Osaka looked to be on good form in her first competitive match in nearly two months.
Osaka last played in the first round of the French Open in late May, before withdrawing from the Grand Slam citing mental health reasons. She then missed Wimbledon.
Although there were slight signs of rust, evidenced by a 59 percent first serve tally, it was very much job done for the Olympic debutant.
Osaka's chances of winning gold at her home games were also helped as Australian Ash Barty, the world number one, crashed out of the women's singles competition after being beaten by Spain's Sara Tormo Sorribes.
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Tennis star Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The theme, to bring the world together as one.