Comeback on as Osaka serves it up against Zheng

Sports | ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 Jul 2021

Naomi Osaka's first match in nearly two months will be against 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament.

Second seed Osaka, who represents host Japan, is returning to competition after she withdrew from the French Open to take a mental-health break. Osaka holds a 2-1 career edge over Zheng.

The first seeded opponent Osaka could face is 16th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

In the men's draw, top-ranked Novak Djokovic will open his campaign against No 139 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.

Serbia's Djokovic is attempting to become the first man to complete a Golden Slam by winning all four major tournaments and an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year. He recently won his 20th career Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

Japan's Kei Nishikori takes on fifth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev. Another Russian, second seed Daniil Medvedev, faces against Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik, while third-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Play begins tomorrow on the hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park.

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