One of the greatest sporting extravaganza—Olympics is finally about to get underway on July 24 in Tokyo. Tennis players, across the globe too have gathered to represent their respective nations, and will be eyeing a medal at the end of it all.
As far as women’s tennis goes, despite the absence of Serena Williams and Simona Halep, there is still enormous depth. While the Olympics can spring in a surprise, here’s a look at the three potential candidates who can win the Gold medal in Tokyo.
The World No.1 will come into the Tokyo games, brimming with confidence after her triumph at the All England Club. Barty is arguably the craftiest player on the WTA tour. Moreover, her ability to exude her skills, across surfaces is one of her biggest assets. In the last two years, the Australian has won 27 matches on the hard court and has lost only six. Given her recent form and confidence, expect the 25-year-old to be one of the last women standing.
The World No.2 finally is back and will remain as one of the biggest contenders for the Gold. The Japanese girl has won all her four Grand Slams on the hard court, and is perhaps the best hard court player on the WTA roster today. Moreover, Osaka is also known to produce her big-time tennis on the biggest stage. While the 23-year-old Osaka has been beleaguered for various reasons, one would expect her to leave a mark on the Tokyo games in the next few weeks. Her all-round game, coupled with determination and belief can make her dreams manifest on her motherland itself.
The Belarusian is fast growing into one of the most dangerous player on the WTA tour. Sabalenka kicked off the year with a title win on the hard court of Abu Dhabi. Later, she also made two quarterfinals in Dubai and Miami. The 23-year-old is one of the fiercest strikers of the tennis ball and that will aid her chances on the hard courts of Tokyo. Sabalenka is also a big server, like we saw at 2021 Wimbledon, where she made the semis.