Tennis at Tokyo Olympics: Iga Swiatek eases into the second round

Iga Swiatek of Poland clears the opening hurdle and beats Mona Barthel to reach the second round of the Tokyo Olympics.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Sixth seed Iga Swiatek of Poland asserted her dominance on court once again and beat German Mona Barthel in straight sets 6-2,6-2 to reach the second round of the Tokyo Olympics. The Pole was dominant right from the start in the first match on centre court at The Games.

She was playing on the hard courts after a long time but didn’t show any wear as she broke Barthel upfront in the opening sets. Her serve was on target and she was quick on the court too. She kept her errors count as low as possible and soon got a double break lead. She eventually took the set 6-2.

The story of the second set was similar to the first. Although Barthel pushed Swiatek in some rallies on serve, but the Pole’s baseline game was proving to be too much for the German. Swiatek soon took a double break’s lead and ran away with the set 6-2.

Swiatek will next face either Spain’s Paula Badosa or Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in the second round in couple of day’s time.

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.