This one damage greater than others.
Naomi Osaka’s Olympic debut was reduce brief when she fell 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday to No. 42 ranked Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic within the third spherical of the Olympic tennis match.
“I’m disillusioned in each loss, however I really feel like this one sucks greater than the others,” Osaka mentioned.
The 23-year-old was a headliner for this 12 months’s Video games and had the glory of lighting the Olympic cauldron. Osaka was making a return from her two-month psychological well being break and had turn into the presumed gold medal winner earlier than she even stepped on the court docket. The four-time Grand Slam champ believes that the strain of representing Japan received to her.
“I positively really feel like there was a number of strain for this,” Osaka mentioned. “I feel it’s perhaps as a result of I haven’t performed within the Olympics earlier than and for the primary 12 months (it) was a bit a lot.”
“It’s powerful for her additionally taking part in in Japan and within the Olympics,” Vondrousova mentioned. “It’s a lot strain, I can not think about.”
Osaka — who’s at present ranked No. 2 on the earth — struggled together with her consistency and her often trusty groundstrokes. Vondrousova took an early 4-0 lead and Osaka by no means managed to catch up.
Vondrousova performed spectacular tennis, highlighted by a scooped forehand that landed precisely on the road, beautiful herself and Osaka.
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The reigning Australian Open and U.S. Open champion was coming off wins within the first two rounds of the match. The Olympics marked Osaka’s return after withdrawing from the French Open and being fined $15,000 after refusing to talk to reporters.
“I’ve taken lengthy breaks earlier than and I’ve managed to do nicely,” mentioned Osaka, who initially selected to not communicate to the media after her loss, however returned shortly after to take action. “I’m not saying that I did unhealthy proper now, however I do know that my expectations had been quite a bit greater.
“I really feel like my angle wasn’t that nice as a result of I don’t actually understand how to deal with that strain, in order that’s the most effective that I may have finished on this scenario.”
Japanese media was a frenzy following the Summer season Video games’ poster lady’s loss. Headlines stating “Masaka,” which interprets to “no manner,” ran throughout TV screens and information shops.
“Her mom’s motherland. Her dream to face on the pinnacle, with the rising solar on her coronary heart, was to not be,” wrote Sports activities Hochi, a Japanese each day sports activities newspaper.
Japanese tennis racket maker and one in all Osaka’s largest sponsors, Yonex, noticed its inventory drop following her defeat. Whereas a lot of the loss was recouped, the inventory continues to be down 1.8%
Nevertheless, sympathy towards Osaka and satisfaction towards her achievement accounted for the overwhelming majority of reviews and posts in regards to the match. Osaka has turn into considerably of a nationwide hero not just for her expertise on the court docket but additionally as a logo for a extra various Japan.
“The opponent simply performed a better sport this time,” one fan mentioned. “She may have one other likelihood on the gold.”
— With AP