World number one Ashleigh Barty looked far from her best but still managed to beat American Bernarda Pera in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Barty took the opening set without too many problems but she definitely was short of fluency.
And whatever fluency she had completely deserted her during the second set, where her less experienced opponent was allowed to dominate.
Tokyo 2020
Osaka, Barty, Watson begin bid for Olympic tennis glory this weekend
11 HOURS AGO
What was most surprising was how passive Barty looked, with Eurosport commentators Simon Reed and Annabel Croft saying it looked as if she was “in a straightjacket.”
In the deciding set she had to get the trainer on for a medical time out very early on.
Whether it was the help of the trainer or the break impacting her opponent the tide completely turned after that and she saw out the match with ease as Pera struggled to recover her form.
Barty will now face the winner of Chloe Paquet against Magda Linette.

'This is so special for me!' - Barty overjoyed to be back at French Open

- - -
Watch all the action from the 2021 French Open live on Eurosport, eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app with 13-time champion Rafael Nadal eyeing a remarkable 14th title and 2020 Roland Garros sensation Iga Swiatek aiming to replicate her stunning triumph.
Tokyo 2020
Murray gets tough Olympic draw - faces Auger-Aliassime in singles opener
YESTERDAY AT 07:58
Tokyo 2020
Murray, Djokovic in, Williams, Federer out - who's playing tennis in Tokyo?
13/07/2021 AT 07:54