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#TokyoGoldRush | Osaka eliminated in Olympic Tennis

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 7:43 AM
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, leaves centre court after being defeated by Marketa Vondrousova, of the Czech Republic, during the third round of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, leaves centre court after being defeated by Marketa Vondrousova, of the Czech Republic, during the third round of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.

(AP):

Japan's tennis superstar is out of the Tokyo Olympics.

Naomi Osaka lost to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Tokyo tournament.

The second-ranked Osaka, who was born in Japan and grew up in the United States, struggled with her usually reliable groundstrokes.

The 42nd-ranked Vondrousova produced a series of drop-shot winners and other crafty shots that drew Osaka out of her comfort zone.

Osaka won her opening two matches in straight sets following a two-month mental-health break. But conditions were different Tuesday with the roof closed because it was raining outside.

Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron in Friday’s Tokyo Games opening ceremony.