A trio of leading women’s seeds headed for the exits on Monday at the Tokyo Olympic tournament with Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all beaten in upsets.
Croat Donna Vekic recovered from a weekend win which required almost three hours, bouncing back a day later to knock out third seed Sabalenka after two and a half additional hours on court 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3).
“It is really good, really satisfying,” the 50th-ranked winner said. “Winning 7-6 in the third set is always great.
“I don’t want to think about my chances of a medal. I’ve played two tough, long matches. I’ve come here I would say not 100 per cent prepared.
“I’m still struggling a little bit with a knee and just taking it one day at a time. I will try to recover and get ready for tomorrow.”
2020 French Open winner Swiatek, seeded sixth, went down to rising Spaniard Paula Badosa 6-3, 7-6(4),
The winner who underwent knee surgery five months ago, seemed in awe of her celebrated Czech opponent
“She’s a legend in our sport,” Van Uytvanck said of Kvitova. “It’s an honour to share the court with her… what she has done for women’s tennis is incredible.
“I’m proud of myself with what I did on court today and the level I reached.”
She next faces Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, a quick 6-3 6-0 winner over China’s Wang Qiang.
Newly-married Elina Svitolina (Monfils) continued her quiet progression through the draw, defeating Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 6-3 6-4.
“I started not bad, 2-0 up, but then everything went downhill for me. I was playing really bad, I was a bit slow and I didn’t feel my game at all,” the Ukrainian winner said.
“At the end I was just trying to find my rhythm, move my feet a bit quicker and adjust. I just had to fight and try to find my game.”
Svitolina next plays for the quarter-finals against Greek Maria Sakkari, who defeated Serb Nina Stojanovic 6-1 6-2.
Main photo:- Paula Badosa stuns Iga Swiatek by WTATennis.com