The Australian Ashleigh Barty, number one in the world, will face the Spanish Sara Sorribes in the first round of the tennis tournament of the Olympic Games, which was drawn today and which provided a comfortable rival, the Chinese Saisai Zheng, for the favorite of the local fans and second seed, the Japanese Naomi Osaka.
If he surpasses Sorribes, with whom he has never played, Barty could meet Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, finalist at the last Roland Garros in the third round; in the quarterfinals with the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, winner of the Parisian tournament; and in the semifinals with the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, third favorite, or with the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, seventh seed.
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Naomi Osaka, second-seeded and returning to the tracks in Tokyo after a seven-week voluntary absence, will start against Zheng, who has been imposed in the last two of his three meetings, and his possible rival in the semifinals would be the Czech Karolina Pliskova, finalist of the last Wimbledon.
The Spanish Paula Badosa, with the French Kristina Mladenovic as the first opponent, and Carla Suárez, who will debut against the Tunisian Ons Jabeur; Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, fourth seeded; and the American Jennifer Brady, who lost to Osaka in the final of the last Australian Open, share half the table with the Japanese.
So does the Polish Iga Swiatek, sixth seed and winner of Roland Garros in 2020.
The tournament begins on the 24th at Ariake Park in Tokyo.
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