Observers will now be keen to see if Osaka can justify her lofty WTA ranking, as well as the enormous exposure. A sought-after and saliva-inducing final between the contrasting characters and top 2 seeds would take place on July 31st.
The Olympics has a way of creating stories and narratives unlike any other. Be it relative unknown athletes committing their entire lives to the pursuit of medals just once every four years, or national heroes galvanising countries, the emotional moments are hugely powerful.
Multiple Cresta Run champion and record-breaker Lord Wrottesley reveals his training secrets behind his success in this terrifying sport.
After years of training, dedication and sacrifice, the Olympics represent a dramatic climax for elite sportsmen and women – in more ways than one