By Jill Martin, CNN
Naomi Osaka volition permission the Tokyo 2020 Olympics without a medal, arsenic the four-time large champion was upset successful the 3rd circular Tuesday by Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.
Vondrousova, a 2019 French Open finalist, advances with the 6-1, 6-4 win.
Osaka — who had 32 unforced errors successful the lucifer — isn’t the archetypal large sanction to suffer aboriginal successful the women’s draw. World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia mislaid successful the opening circular to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo. No. 3 effect Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus besides made an aboriginal exit, losing to Croatia’s Donna Vekic successful the 2nd round.
But this upset is arguably overmuch bigger than those. The look of these Olympics, and connected her champion surface, this is the archetypal clip Osaka has mislaid connected a hard tribunal earlier the quarterfinals since the 2020 Australian Open, erstwhile she mislaid to American Coco Gauff successful the 3rd round. All 7 of Osaka’s vocation titles person travel connected hard courts.
The 23-year-old Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron to officially unfastened the Games. Born successful Osaka, Japan, Osaka — who has a Haitian begetter and Japanese parent — moved to the United States astatine property 3. She’s ranked No. 2 successful the world.
Following the opening ceremony, Osaka successful a tweet: “Undoubtedly the top diversion accomplishment and grant I volition ever person successful my life.”
“I decidedly consciousness similar determination was a batch of unit for this,” Osaka said aft the match. “I deliberation it’s possibly due to the fact that I haven’t played successful the Olympics earlier and for the archetypal twelvemonth (it) was a spot much. I deliberation I’m gladsome with however I played, with taking that interruption that I had.”
The Olympics was Osaka’s archetypal tourney since she withdrew from the French Open 2 months ago, citing her intelligence health.
“I’ve taken agelong breaks earlier and I’ve managed to bash well,” Osaka said. “I’m not saying that I did atrocious close now, but I bash cognize that my expectations were a batch higher.
“I consciousness similar my cognition wasn’t that large due to the fact that I don’t truly cognize however to header with that unit truthful that’s the champion that I could person done successful this situation.”
Vondrousova, 22, volition adjacent look either Spain’s Paula Badosa oregon Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.
Osaka is listed successful the tract to play successful the US Open successful New York, which starts successful August. She is the defending champion.
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