The singles and doubles are all well underway in the Olympic tennis event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and on Wednesday the mixed doubles get underway on another busy day of action inside the Ariake Tennis Centre.
The singles event is still reeling from the exit of the poster girl of the games in Naomi Osaka and with the likes of Barbora Krejcikova and Karolina Pliskova also biting the dust there is an open feel about the women’s event, the quarter finals of which are on the Wednesday card. The third round of the men’s draw also begins while the first two doubles competitions have their quarter finals played out.
The schedule on Wednesday sees the entire third round of the men’s singles taking place so at the end of the day we will know the eight men who will battle it out in the quarter finals on Thursday. Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are among those who will be hoping to avoid the shocks that cut through the women’s draw on Tuesday. Now that Naomi Osaka is out all eyes will be on Kei Nishikori to see if he can progress.
Seven of the eight favourites are pretty short in the schedule on Wednesday but I’m not convinced that any of them can be opposed with any certainty. The other match is the one between Diego Schwartzman and Karen Khachanov but I’m on the Argentine outright so I don’t really need to get involved in that match. I daresay there will be an upset somewhere along the line, that is the nature of the Olympic beast, but choosing where it will come isn’t easy. Nothing immediately stands out.
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We are down to the quarter finals of the women’s singles on Wednesday with all four matches taking place over the course of the day ahead of the semi-finals on Thursday. When the action concludes at the Ariake Tennis Centre on Wednesday we will know the four women who will be battling it out for the medals over the course of the weekend. With Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka and Barbora Krejcikova all out this draw is suddenly wide open.
There is a quarter final I like a bet in and that comes in the first one up on Court 1 where Camila Giorgi takes on Elina Svitolina. The Italian ace has breezed through the draw so far without dropping a set even though she has had to face Jennifer Brady, Elena Vesnina and Karolina Pliskova. To come through that without dropping a set is testament to how well she’s playing. Svitolina must be running on fumes by now. She has played three matches this week and they have all gone the distance. She has been on court for more than 2:30 in each one and although the conditions weren’t as taxing on Tuesday due to the rain, it is still a lot of time on court in such a short space of time. Giorgi is clearly playing well to have beaten Brady and Pliskova and if Svitolina’s movement is restricted at any stage the Italian can take advantage.
We are in the last eight of the men’s and women’s doubles and the first round of the mixed doubles gets played out over the course of Wednesday as well so there is lots of doubles action to get stuck into. I might get involved in the medal matches for the doubles but there is still a little too much unpredictability to get stuck into the pairs matches just yet.
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