Tokyo Olympics: Marketa Vondrousova defeats Naomi Osaka


Japanese celebrity Naomi Osaka has unexpectedly left her home for the Olympics as Czech Marketa Vondrousova secured a direct victory in Tokyo.

Naomi Osaka loses to Marketa Vondrousova
Marketa Vondrousova defeats Naomi Osaka

Osaka, 23, was one of the faces of the Games in the Japanese capital and had the honor of lighting the Olympic trophy at the opening ceremony last week.

But the four-time Grand Slam champion could not prove that by winning the medal, losing 6-1 6-4 to the world number 42 in the third round.

It was Osaka’s first tournament after withdrawing from the French Open in June, where he revealed he had “had a long period of depression” since winning his first Grand Slam title in 2018.

Following an impressive win in the first two rounds, Osaka looked to be a good gold medal bid but produced 32 uncontrollable errors in rough action against former French Open finalist Vondrousova.

The 22-year-old Czech midfielder has beaten 18 winners in 10 uncontrolled errors as he has converted five of his 11 points in the match.

Osaka’s exit follows Australia’s top-seeded Ashleigh Barty in the first round, leaving women’s songs very open.

Elina Svitolina, a fourth-generation Ukrainian star, is the top performer left in the competition.

Vondrousova will play either Paula Badosa of Spain or Nadia Podoroska of Argentina in the last eight.


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