Naomi Osaka has made a shock exit at the Tokyo Olympics after losing in the third round to world number 42 Marketa Vondrousova in a 6-1, 6-4 defeat.
Osaka has been one of the faces of the tournament, with it taking place in her home country and was given the honour of lighting the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony.
However, the Japanese star hasn’t had the best preparation, after withdrawing from both the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental struggles linked to media commitments.
Despite straight set victories in the first two rounds, Osaka just couldn’t seem to find any form against the Czech star and admitted afterwards the defeat hurt more than usual.
“How disappointed am I? I mean, I’m disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others,” said Osaka.
When asked what went wrong, the four-time Grand Slam champion 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.”
The world number two, who was favourite to win an Olympic gold after the exit of Ashleigh Barty, struggled to hold back the tears as she admitted the pressure may have been too much.
“I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this. I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year (it) was a bit much.
“I feel like my attitude wasn’t that great because I don’t really know how to cope with that pressure so that’s the best that I could have done in this situation.”
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