Tokyo 2020 - Naomi Osaka crashes out of Olympics in straight sets defeat to Marketa Vondrousova
Marketa Vondrousova pulled off a huge upset on centre court at the Olympics, knocking out top seed and home favourite Naomi Osaka in straight sets. Vondrousova impressed relying heavily on her expert dropshots to stun Osaka, winning 6-1 6-4. Vondrousova will play Argentina's Nadia Podoroska or Spain's Paula Badosa in the next round.
Vondrousova, world number 42, made Osaka pay for more sloppy shots, levelling the set by breaking her opponent in the fourth game.
After back-to-back double faults, Vondrousova dug herself out of a hole with two more masterly disguised dropshots.
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With a 4-3 lead, Vondrousova was back in the driving seat and Osaka was left staring in disbelief at some of the shots the Czech pulled off.
Vondrousova kept her composure and engineered two match points on Osaka’s service game. Osaka defended the match points, but couldn't stop her rival from winning the next game and the match in the process.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round of the Olympics after a stellar 6-3 6-4 straight sets victory over Frances Tiafoe.
With the rain delaying play across tennis on Tuesday, the centre court’s action continued as scheduled with the roof closed.
Tsitsipas broke his opponent at the first time of asking after a bizarre service game for Tiafoe. The American was 40-0 ahead before crumbling and then handed Tsitsipas the game with an unforced error from an easy overhead shot.
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The Greek raced into a 3-0 lead and applied the pressure on Tiafoe’s serve again, but the American eventually saw off the challenge with a superb ace.
Both men were firing powerful shots from the baseline and there were several eye-catching rallies.