Naomi Osaka crashes out of Tokyo Olympics
Tennis star Naomi Osaka’s dreams of winning the Olympic gold at home were crushed in a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday.
The third-round defeat follows a controversial few months for Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open in May after refusing to attend news conferences, citing the need to preserve her mental health.
Osaka also skipped Wimbledon, saying she had been battling depression and anxiety, before returning to Tokyo for her first Olympics Games including her starring role at the opening ceremony.
Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron and was one of the faces of the Games. However, the four-time Grand Slam winner struggled in an error-strewn display that blew the draw wide open after the earlier exits of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and third seed Aryna Sabalenka.
“How disappointed am I? I mean, I’m disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others,” Osaka said at the end of the game. Asked what went wrong, she replied: “Everything — if you watch the match then you would probably see. I feel like there’s a lot of things that I counted on that I couldn’t rely on today.”