1 Maria Sharapova, all in straight sets and dropping no more than four games a set.
This was then followed by a quarterfinal appearance in where she lost to Venus Williams, and then a runner-up showing in , where in a rematch of the 2013 final, Kerber fell short to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.
The 33-year-old made it through a tough week, with a marathon second-round match with Sara Sorribes Tormo which went on for more than three hours, and she will be eyeing another deep run.
There, she fought back from a set and 5—3 down to prevail over Caroline Wozniacki, thus scoring her fifth career title, also her first on home soil, which saw her extend her winning streak on clay to 11 matches.
But beyond the undesirable firsts year-long delay, no fans , these Games have produced plenty of unforgettable stories.
In December 2019, she was named tournament ambassador of the inaugural.