Tokyo 2020 - 'I should be used to the pressure' - Tearful Naomi Osaka gives verdict on shock exit from home Olympics
Tokyo 2020 has lost its star name after Naomi Osaka crashed out of the singles tennis tournament in the third round. The world number two was a big favourite to win a medal in her home Olympics, but looked out of sorts in a straight sets loss to Marketa Vondrousova. "I should be used to the pressure, but it's stronger because of my break," Osaka said.
The world number two faced the press after the result and was visibly emotional when asked if she felt the pressure to perform at her home Olympics.
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"I should be used to the pressure, but it's stronger because of my break," she said.
"At least I'm glad I didn't lose in the first round."
Naomi Osaka of Team Japan covers her ears before match point during her Women's Singles Third Round match against Marketa Vondrousova of Team Czech Republic on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan
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Osaka had taken an extended break before the Games, but showed no signs of sluggishness in her first two victories.
Up against Vondrousova, however, the 23-year-old racked up 32 unforced errors and won just 29% off her second serve.