Tokyo Olympics: Osaka & Biles Launch Their Campaigns

The second seed Osaka, who lit the flame in the opening ceremony on Friday, defeated China's Saisai Zheng 6-1 6-4, but admitted it was "nerve-wracking" to compete in her home Games.

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On Sunday, two of the Games’ biggest draws were in action, with home favourite Osaka returning to action for the first time in nearly two months after taking a break from tennis to protect her mental health, and Biles competing in gymnastics qualifying.

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The second seed Osaka, who lit the flame in the opening ceremony on Friday, defeated China’s Saisai Zheng 6-1 6-4, but admitted it was “nerve-wracking” to compete in her home Games.

Meanwhile, four-time Olympic champion Biles was penalized on vault and floor – where she bounced out of the competition area entirely – in a below-par performance as the United States finished second in team qualifying behind the Russian Olympic Committee.

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With qualifying still ongoing, she appears to be on track to compete in four of the individual finals but will miss out on the uneven bars final.

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