World number two Naomi Osaka was sent crashing from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by world number 42 Marketa Vondrousova in front of her home fans in straight sets 6-1 6-4 in the third round of the competition.
Osaka, 23, who represented Japan in the Olympics game for the first time in her career, had made her way into the third round of the tennis competition, where she faced Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova. The world number 42 Vondrousova defeated her in straight sets 6-1 6-4 to progress to the quarterfinals. Osaka was not at her best, making 32 unforced errors in the shock upset in comparison to Vondrousova’s 10.
The defeat comes just days after Osaka confessed that the eight-week break she took from tennis was needed, and she felt rejuvenated and positive at the Olympics. She was a huge favourite to end up with a medal at the Games, but she failed to live up to the buzz around her.