The world number two Naomi Osaka was swiped aside 6-1 6-4 by Czech Marketa Vondrousova in an early shock on Day Four of the Games
Japan's great hope for tennis gold Naomi Osaka was on Tuesday beaten in the third round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tennis singles tournament in a blow to home spirits.
The world number two was swiped aside 6-1 6-4 by Czech Marketa Vondrousova in an early shock on Day Four of the Games.
The tennis event has now lost both of its top draw cards after world number one and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty was beaten in Sunday's first round.
Daring to dream.July 27, 2021
🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova is the first player through to the women’s singles quarterfinals, upsetting Naomi Osaka in straight sets. #Olympics • #Tennis • #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/wWVyxva7Kz
Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron on Friday to open the Games, seemed out of sorts on the Tokyo blue courts and never settled into a rhythm as Vondrousova never looked back.
The Japanese player sprayed a costly 18 unforced errors throughout the match -- three times the number made by Vondrousova.
Naomi Osaka will not be taking home a medal in #Tokyo2020 after losing to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Monday night.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 27, 2021
Vondrousova advanced to the quarterfinals of the #Olympics with a 6–1, 6–4 victory https://t.co/zO3ZNlUS3n