Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are two tennis superstars who have advanced to the second round of the singles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The pressure of winning in the Olympics is unlike any other tennis tournament that these players will participate in. However, since the venue at these Olympic Games is Wimbledon, most of these players will be familiar with the courts.
Let's look at the latest updates on the superstar players who have begun their journeys for Olympic gold.
The Great Britain star's journey toward a gold medal got off to a good start at Wimbledon when he defeated Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in straight sets to advance to Round 2.
With the support of his home fans in the stands, Murray was able to overpower Wawrinka with several strong serves.
Murray made very few mistakes in his first Olympic match and will certainly be a gold-medal contender going forward.
Belarus star Victoria Azarenka defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Monday to advance to the second round of the women's singles competition.
The No. 1 ranked women's player was in danger of being upset when Begu won the second set and took over the momentum in the match.
Azarenka did well to regain control and win the third set easily. The Belarus star didn't fold under pressure when Begu won the second set and showed some impressive mental toughness to not let the match slip away.
The Serbian star nearly lost in the first round to Italy's Fabio Fognini but was able to dominate the final two sets to win 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic cannot afford to fall behind early in the later rounds, because top players such as Roger Federer and Andy Murray will not be easy to defeat if they win the first set and are one more away from a match victory.
Other Notable Players to Reach Second Round
David Ferrer (Spain) defeated Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-4, 6-4
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) defeated Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4
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