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Japan’s Naomi Osaka, ranked second in the world in pursuit of Olympic glory on her home soil, suffered a setback today, following her exit from the third round of the Tokyo Olympics in tennis competitions, by falling to forty-second Czech Republic. Marketa Vondrushova 6-1, 6-4. Osaka was chosen to light the kettle at the opening ceremony of the Games last Friday, the start of the competitions, becoming the first female tennis player to receive this honor in the history of the Olympics.
Osaka was the favorite to take the gold after shocking Australian Ashleigh Barty was eliminated from the first round on Sunday, and third-seeded Belarusian Arina Sabalenka yesterday, especially in the absence of many of the top ten seeded women. “How disappointed am I? I’m disappointed after every defeat, but I feel like this was the most terrible defeat of all time,” said the four-time major winner.
In response to a question about the reasons for this painful defeat: “Everything…if you watch the match you will notice. I have a feeling that there are a lot of things that I wanted to implement that I am not succeeding in today The 23-year-old has been absent from the stadiums since she withdrew from her second round at Roland Garros in May, due to the fallout from her decision to boycott the media, before revealing she suffers from depression and anxiety issues that also prevented her from taking part in Wimbledon, before returning to last summer’s postponed Olympics in her country due to the Corona virus and would be the star of the opening ceremony.
“I definitely think there was a lot of pressure in it,” she said. “I think it’s because I didn’t play in the Olympics and the pressure was too much for my first performance.”
Osaka had said after her first-round win: “I feel more than ever that I’m just focused on tennis. Playing in the Olympics is a dream I’ve had since I was a kid.” However, this dream ended early on a disastrous day when she committed 32 direct fouls in 68 minutes compared to just 10 for her opponent as they tied the winners (22).
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