Four-time major champion and world no.2 Naomi Osaka lost to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the third round of women’s tennis singles at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.
Osaka was considered a favorite to win the tournament in her home country, but is out earlier than expected after an underwhelming showing, finishing with 32 unforced errors.
This is the first time the 23-year-old Japanese superstar has lost on a hard court before the quarterfinals since the 2020 Australian Open, when she lost in the third round to American Coco Gauff.
Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, and was given the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron to officially open the Games.
Vondrousova, a 2019 French Open finalist, advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 win. The 22-year-old will next face either Spain’s Paula Badosa or Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.
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