The Tokyo Olympics are underway after a singular and shifting opening ceremony, and it was Naomi Osaka who formally set the occasion into movement when she lit the Olympic Cauldron.
The four-time Grand Slam champion and Japanese star acquired the honour, kicking off the worldwide multi-sport occasion.
The World No.2 Osaka turned the primary tennis participant to gentle the cauldron in Olympics historical past.
Osaka follows within the footsteps of different sporting legends to obtain the honour, together with, lately, American boxer Muhammad Ali, Australian monitor star Cathy Freeman and Korean determine skater Kim Yuna.
Undoubtedly the best athletic achievement and honor I’ll ever have in my life. I’ve no phrases to explain the sentiments I’ve proper now however I do know I’m at present stuffed with gratefulness and thankfulness ❤️ love you guys thanks. pic.twitter.com/CacWQ5ToUD
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 23, 2021
Osaka’s first-round match in opposition to Zheng Saisai of China will happen Sunday.
Phrases can’t describe this sense. I’ve all the time been so extremely proud to put on the flag of my nation and this second tops all of it. I’ll bear in mind it endlessly. My masks can by no means cowl the large smile on my face. Thanks for sharing this second with me ❤️🇨🇿 pic.twitter.com/anANBUo4Au
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) July 23, 2021
Three different ladies’s tennis gamers had integral elements within the opening ceremony, as they have been chosen by their nationwide delegations to hold their nation’s flags into the Olympic Stadium.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was one of many flagbearers for the Czech Republic, alongside males’s basketball participant Tomas Satoransky.
The 2017 Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko acquired the identical honor from the Latvian workforce. Ostapenko carried the flag in with a males’s basketball participant as nicely, Agnis Cavars.
Veronica Cepede Royg, who reached the spherical of 16 at 2017 Roland Garros, was one of many flagbearers for Paraguay, together with golfer Fabrizio Zanotti.
The tennis occasion begins Saturday in Tokyo with main champions Iga Swiatek and Barbora Krejcikova among the many first gamers in motion.
Tokyo 2020: Petra Kvitova proud to signify Czech Republic