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Rio 2016 Olympics Tennis: Day three

Del Potro moves along another round, can he maintain level of play?


Behind an impressive win against the world’s number one, Juan Martin Del Potro continued his run at the Rio Olympics with a second round victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa in three sets (6-3, 1-6, 6-3). In the following round he is set to face Japan’s Taro Daniel and will look to keep his good form in tact and move on to the later stages of the competition. Del Potro has shown before that he can compete with the world’s best, and has shown early on in the competition that he can do damage. We’ll have to see how far he can go in the competition. 

The always entertaining Frenchman, Gael Monfils once again had no problem dispatching his opponent for an easy win, 6-2, 6-4. The athletic Monfils looks to be focused and motivated on putting in solid performances at Rio 2016, and it will be interesting to watch how he can do as he goes deeper into the competition. Unfortunately though, countryman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga’s run in singles came to an end after falling short against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 6-4, 6-3. 

Number one seed, Serena Williams took care of business against France’s Alize Cornet, 7-6 (5), 6-2.  It was a much needed win after surprisingly crashing out of the double’s competition alongside her sister, Venus. Though it was won in straight sets, the first set was a real struggle for Serena as Cornet persistently fought to keep the set tight. As a result, the first set went into a tiebreaker in which Serena narrowed Cornet out to earn herself the first set. In comparison, the second set went much smoother for Serena as she was able to find her game and comfortably wrap up the victory. Her next match-up will come against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.  

Young American star, Madison Keys, also moved to the next round behind her win against France’s Mladenovic, 7-5, 6(4)-7, 7-6(5). She can potentially stir up the bracket if she maintains her high level of play as she has done  You never know, the young star could make these Olympics her’s.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber has thus far solidified her number two ranking after another comfortable win (6-4, 6-2), this time at the disposal of Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard.

Rio 2016 Olympics Tennis: Day three

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