Japanese Naomi Osaka competes against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic during their Tokyo 2020 women’s third of singles round tennis match at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021.
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The host country superstar is out of the Tokyo Olympics.
Naomi Osaka lost against former Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of Tokyo tennis tournament on Tuesday.
The second- rated Osaka, who I was born in Japan and grew up up in the United States fought with her usually reliable cross-country shots while the 42nd ranked Vondrousova produced a series of drop- hit winners and other crafty hits that attracted her opponent out of its comfort zone.
saka, who lit the Olympic cauldron in The opening ceremony on Friday, won its opening two matches in three set after a two month break for mental health. But conditions were different on Tuesday with the roof closed because it was raining outside.
Shortly after the match era over, organizers said Osaka had left the place and wouldn’t be talking to the media.
Vondrousovaova has arrived out with his whole game clicking from the from start and ran quickly out for a 4-0 lead in the first set as Osaka barely had time to recover.
Osaka then broke Vondrousova’s service in the opening game of the second set but almost immediately delivered the break back when she double- he was wrong to score 2-2.
After Osaka lost service again finally match hitting a wide backhand, he shook hands with Vondrousova al net, walked over to his chair, zipped up the racket up in her bag and followed Vondrousova off the court.
while both players produced 22 winners, Osaka hit 32 unforced errors against Vondrousova’s 10. But it wasn’t just a off day for saka; era also an exceptional performance by Vondrousova.
Osaka scored a decent 64% of her first you serve in play but won only 49% of the points off her first serve.
During one mid point of second set, Vondrousova hit a scooped straight approach shot in underspin that hit on the line – prompting Osaka to stare at the line for a few seconds in apparent disbelief.
Osaka had a break points take a 4-3 lead in the second but Vondrousova hit consecutive drop-throw winners to get back in the game and then held.
About 10 minutes later, the match era over.
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