Tokyo, Jul 27 (EFE).- Japan’s Naomi Osaka’s Olympics dream came crashing down with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Czechoslovakia’s world number 42, Marketa Vondrousova, in the third round on Tuesday.
The world number two made 32 unforced errors compared to just 10 by her rival, which was a major factor in her exit from the quadrennial event.
The competition in the women’s singles event in tennis remains wide open given that other favorites, world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia and world number three Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus, have already been knocked out.
This was Osaka’s first competition since controversially pulling out of the French Open in May citing mental health concerns, after she was fined by the organizers for not appearing for a press conference.
Vondrousova, 22, next faces the winner of the match between Spain’s Paula Badosa and the Argentinian Nasia Podoroska; while the fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is set to play against the Greek Maria Sakkari on Tuesday. EFE