Naomi Osaka knocked out of Tokyo Olympics

No. 2 ranked Osaka lost in the third round to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

NBC News

By Phil Helsel and NBC Olympics
Photo: MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

Days after lighting the Olympic cauldron to get the Games underway, Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics.

The No. 2 ranked tennis player in the world was knocked out of the tennis tournament in the third round Tuesday by Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-4.

Osaka beat China's Zheng Saisai in the first round and Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic in the second round.

Osaka on Tuesday was down four games in less than 15 minutes. The four-time Grand Slam champion then won her first service game but ended up losing the set 6-1 in just 24 minutes.

During a long rally at the top of the second set, Osaka quickly broke serve to win two straight games. The match then became a roller coaster as Vondrousova battled back to even the score, and the opponents began trading games while holding serve. Throughout the match, Osaka stood far behind the baseline and missed a number of the Czech's signature drop shots.

Publish : 2021-07-27 16:31:00

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