The Japanese star suffered her first defeat in hardcourt competitions since the Australian Open 2020 after losing in straight sets in the third round of the Tennis event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Naomi Osaka will not get the chance to win a medal for Japan in her first and home Olympics after she suffered a straight sets loss in the third round to Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondruousova.
Osaka made 32 unforced errors as she lost 6-1, 6-4 to the brilliant Vondrousova. The tennis event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics since she pulled out of the French Open.
Osaka had the honour of being the torch-bearer at her home Olympics. She also started well, breezing through the first two rounds in straight sets.
However, she was out of sorts against Vondrousova, who was equally brilliant, firing 22 winners against 10 unforced errors.
The Czech tennis star will now meet the winner of Badosa vs Podroska for a place in the medal rounds of the competitions.
For Osaka, her focus returns to the North America hard court swing, including the US Open, where she’s the defending champion.