Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games: Naomi Osaka, out of her Games:

The woman who lit the skillet fell to Czech Marketa Vondrosova in the third round after only 70 minutes (6-1, 6-4).

Osaka bids goodbye to Tokyo in the round of 16.Reuters
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Naomi Osaka, world number two, was eliminated in the second round of the Olympic tournament after losing to the Czechs Marketa Vondrosova In just 70 minutes (6-1, 6-4). The Japanese, who lit a cauldron during the opening ceremony on Friday, gave his country its first gold in tennis despite being absent from the circuit for more than two months and retiring from Roland Garros, alleging mental health problems. expressed his desire.

A day marked by rain, which forced the suspension of all matches on Tuesday, except those on center court eriac tennis park, which has a retractable roof, Osaka started badly, losing his first two serves and, despite trying to react, could not save the set.

Faced with a very solid game, one with experience and one who made very few mistakes, Osaka started the second set with a break, but lost the advantage shortly after. With 5–4 in favor of the Czechs, the four-time Grand Slam winner saved two match points with her serve, but was no longer able to lift the third, thus bidding goodbye to the Olympic dream.

vondrosova, meanwhile, play quarters against Paula Badosawho defeated Argentina Nadia Podorowska (6-2, 6-3). Thus, since the world No. 1 Australian, the women’s team is left without its two highest contenders for gold. ashleigh barty, was eliminated in the first round by Sarah Soribis.

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Osaka admitted after the match that as one of the main athletes in the host nation, there was “too much pressure” on her at these Games. “Maybe because it was my first participation in the Olympic Games, but it was too much for me.”

“Obviously I am disappointed after every loss, but it hurts more (…) I think my attitude (on the court) was not very good because I was not able to handle that pressure,” They said. accepted.