Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka has been knocked out of the women’s singles event at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
She fell 6-1 6-4 in the third round to Czech Marketa Vondrousova.
Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron on Friday to open the Games delayed by a year due to the pandemic, looked out of sorts and never settled into a rhythm.
“I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in an Olympics before and for the first one to be here was a bit much,” Osaka said.
The Tokyo Games marked Osaka’s first tournament since she pulled out of the French Open in May.
“I’ve taken long breaks before and I’ve managed to do well,” Osaka said.
“I’m not saying that I did bad right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher.
“I feel like my attitude wasn’t that great because I don’t really know how to cope with that pressure so that’s the best that I could have done in this situation.”
Vondrousova, 22, will next face either Spain’s Paula Badosa or Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.