‘This One Sucks’ – Tennis Star Osaka Suffers Home Olympic Shock

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka leaves the courtroom after being crushed by Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova throughout their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games girls’s singles third spherical tennis match on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

 

 

 

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka’s goals of residence Olympic gold have been crushed by a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova Tuesday as her return to motion got here to an abrupt finish.

Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron and was one of many faces of the Games, struggled in an error-strewn show that blew the draw vast open after the sooner exits of world primary 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,” mentioned the four-time Grand Slam-winner.

Asked what went flawed, 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.”

The third-round defeat follows a turbulent few months for Osaka, who deserted her French Open marketing campaign in May after refusing to attend press conferences, citing the necessity to protect her psychological well being.

 

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Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova leaves the courtroom after beating Japan’s Naomi Osaka of their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games girls’s singles third spherical tennis match on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

 

Osaka additionally skipped Wimbledon, saying she had been battling despair and anxiousness, earlier than returning in Tokyo for her first Olympics together with her starring position on the opening ceremony.

“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,” mentioned Osaka.

After trying assured within the first two rounds after her eight-week hiatus, Osaka made a dreadful begin below the centre courtroom roof at a rain-hit Ariake Tennis Park and by no means recovered.

“I’ve taken long breaks before and I’ve managed to do well. I’m not saying that I did bad right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher,” she mentioned.

“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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Japan’s Naomi Osaka competes towards Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova throughout their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games girls’s singles third spherical tennis match on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

 

– Slow begin spells the top –
Osaka dropped serve within the opening sport and was damaged twice extra because the Forty second-ranked Vondrousova raced away with the primary set.

The second seed broke within the second set however relinquished the early benefit with a double fault that allowed Vondrousova to stage at two video games apiece.

The 23-year-old grappled with inconsistency, and even when given a sniff of regaining the initiative she had no response to Vondrousova’s array of artful drop photographs.

Osaka saved two match factors as she served to remain alive at 4-5 however Vondrousova transformed on the third time of asking because the Japanese famous person smacked a backhand vast.

Vondrousova will go on to face Spain’s Paula Badosa or Nadia Podoroska of Argentina within the quarter-finals.

“Of course it’s one of the biggest wins of my career,” mentioned Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up.

“Naomi is a superb participant, she has so many Grand Slams, so I knew it could be a troublesome match. I’m very proud of my play.

“I played amazingly in the first set, and then the second set was really tough. I’m just happy to be through.”

Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina is the highest-ranked girls’s participant remaining in Tokyo.

 

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Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova (L) shakes fingers with Japan’s Naomi Osaka after profitable their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games girls’s singles third spherical tennis match on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

 

Earlier Stefanos Tsitsipas superior to the lads’s third spherical as he avenged final month’s Wimbledon loss to Frances Tiafoe.

The Greek third seed downed American Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 within the opening match of the day as all play on exterior courts was delayed an hour by morning drizzle.

Tsitsipas, who can also be entered in blended doubles with Maria Sakkari, will play France’s Ugo Humbert or Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia for a spot within the quarter-finals.

Having misplaced to Tiafoe within the opening spherical at Wimbledon, Tsitsipas ensured there was no repeat as a single break in every set enabled him to wrap up victory in 77 minutes.

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