Sport Shocker in Tokyo: Naomi Osaka upset by Marketa Vondrousova in 3rd round of Olympics

09:15  27 july  2021
09:15  27 july  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Naomi Osaka walks off the court after being eliminated by Marketa Vondrousova in the third round at the Olympics on Tuesday. TOKYO — The host country’s superstar is out of the Tokyo Olympics . Naomi Osaka lost to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Tokyo tennis tournament on Tuesday. The second-ranked Osaka , who was born in Japan and grew up in the United States, struggled with her usually reliable groundstrokes.

Naomi Osaka got the experience of lighting the Olympic cauldron to open the Tokyo Games, but she will not get the experience of winning an Olympic medal.

The biggest name in women's tennis was eliminated from the Olympic tournament on Tuesday, losing her third-round match 6-1, 6-4 to the Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova.

The match opened with Vondrousova on a tear, punishing Osaka's serve to break her first two service games and build up a 4-0 lead in the first set. Osaka looked much better to open the second set, breaking Vondrousova and finally holding serve. That wouldn't last, with Vondrousova breaking her twice more to produce one of the more shocking results of the Games.

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Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka suffered a surprise exit in her home Olympics as Czech Marketa Vondrousova earned a straight-set win in Tokyo . It was Osaka 's first tournament after withdrawing from the French Open in June, when she revealed she had "suffered long bouts of depression" since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018. Following impressive wins in the first two rounds , Osaka looked to be shaping up nicely for a gold-medal bid but produced 32 unforced errors in a rusty performance against former French Open finalist Vondrousova .

Osaka finished the match with 18 unforced errors to Vondrousova's six, and just couldn't take control with her serve like she usually does at her best. Meanwhile, Vondrousova had no trouble in her service games, winning 14 of 16 first service points and posting 10 winners, many of them drop shots.

Vondrousova entered the tournament ranked No. 42 in the WTA women's singles rankings and was unseeded in the tournament.

Naomi Osaka's first tournament since French Open withdrawal

Osaka entered the Olympics under the biggest cloud of scrutiny of her career following her exit from the French Open and skipping of Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old announced days before the French Open that she would not speak to the media during the tournament, citing concerns about her mental health. The ensuing controversy became the story of the first round, with tournament organizers fining her $15,000 and threatening to default her from the tournament if she continued her boycott.

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Osaka, who has been open about her struggles with mental health, eventually announced her withdrawal from the tournament after winning her first match, saying she no longer wanted to be a distraction while conceding she could have done a better job with her communications.

The Olympics were Osaka's first tournament since that withdrawal. She re-entered the public eye in a big way when she was the surprise lighter of the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony last week, then met with the media after her first-round win.

How she described speaking with reporters again:

"I don't feel that weird about it. It might feel weird to you guys but ... I'm happy that, I guess, you guys are asking me questions," Osaka told one of the small clusters of reporters. "But more than anything I was just focused on playing tennis and I feel a little bit out of my body right now."

Olympics haven't been kind to top seeds

In addition to Osaka, top seed Ashleigh Barty and No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka have also been eliminated from a tournament that was already missing a number of top 10 women's singles players.

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Naomi Osaka was a comfortable winner in straight sets to advance to the third round . Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images. As prominent names continued to crumble around her, Naomi Osaka advanced in the women’s singles by defeating Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round . After lighting the Olympic cauldron and then registering her opening straight-sets win against China’s Saisai Zheng, Osaka will now face Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic as she continues her attempts to shrug off the surrounding pressure.

POSTER GIRL Naomi Osaka continued her bid for Olympic gold on home turf with a second- round win over Viktorija Golubic.The Japanese superstar, 23, saw. Osaka breezed through the first set in 33 minutes and then stormed into a 4-0 lead in the second before wrapping it up. And the No2 seed will take on either former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic or Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu in round three. Osaka is such a key figure in her homeland of Japan, lighting the Olympic flame at the end of the opening ceremony on Friday.

Barty, the world No. 1 and recent Wimbledon champion, fell in straight sets in the first round to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo, while Sabalenka went down in a second-round marathon against Donna Vekic. No. 6 seed Iga Swiatek was also eliminated in the second round, was No. 11 seed Jennifer Brady, the top American woman in the tournament.

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is the top-ranked remaining player at No. 4.

Osaka's exit may be the most shocking of them all, though. The Japanese star is the consensus best hard court player in the world right now, and was playing for a chance to be a member of history in her home country. Now, it's another missed opportunity in a summer full of them.

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