Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who lit the Olympic flame, has been knocked out of tennis’ women’s singles.
The world runner-up, who was a big gold favorite after world setter Ashleihgh Barty’s selection already in the first round, lost in two straight sets in today’s round of 16.
Saved two match balls
After many unprovoked mistakes from Osaka, which lasted over two months of play earlier this year due to mental illness, the former French Open finalist Vondrousova won the first set 6-1.
In the second set Osaka played, but in the last game Osaka made several simple mistakes, and the Czech got two match balls. But Osaka, who had the serve, saved the first two.
But the 22-year-old Czech got a third chance – and then Osaka knocked out the ball, and the home favorite was knocked out. Spain’s Paula Badosa or Nadia Podorska from Argentina are now waiting for Vondrousova.
The highest ranked of the remaining players is now world number six Elina Svitolina