Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams make sharp exits in Rio.
Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams and were the highest profile casualties of the ladies singles on the opening Saturday of the Rio Olympic Games.
Radwanska, representing Poland had spent 55 hours travelling to the Games and suffered illness prior to the opening weekend. She took out some of her frustrations with an uncharacteristic racquet smashing episode during her straight sets loss to Saisai Zheng 6-4, 7-5.
“It’s not helping with the score, unfortunately, but at least it’s a good feeling that you have some power to break the racket, you know?” she stated post match.
Williams suffered defeated at the hands of Belgian Kirsten Flipkens by way of a deciding third set tiebreak. The fortunes of Team America took an earlier hit when Sloane Stephens fell to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-3.
Former World Number 1 Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) also made a first round exit at the hands of Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. Ivanovic seemed to be cruising early, taking the opening stanza 6-2 before falling away, winning only 3 of the next 15 games.
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) vs. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-2, 1-6, 2-6
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Venus Williams (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
Madison Keys (USA) vs. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-3, 6-3
Saisai Zheng (CHN) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6-4, 7-5
Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 7-6(6), 6-1
Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-2, 1-6, 3-6
Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Heather Watson (GBR) vs. Shuai Peng (CHN) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-3, 6-3
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (CZE) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 7-5, 6-4
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) vs. Shuai Zhang (CHN) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-7(7)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. Karin Knapp (ITA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Ana Konjuh (CRO) vs. Annika Beck (GER) 7-6(5), 6-1
Magda Linette (POL) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 0-6, 6-3
Ons Jabeur (TUN) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 6-3, 6-7(4), 1-6
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 1-6, 4-6
Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) 6-2, 6-3