Naomi Osaka has been knocked out of the Olympic women’s tennis tournament in the third round. Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic defeated No. 2 Osaka in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.
Vondrousova came out from the first ball with an aggressive game plan against Osaka, putting her on the back foot with deep returns and forehands from the middle of the court. Against an opponent with far more power from the baseline than what Osaka faced in two easy wins to open the tournament, she responded with too many wild misses and never seemed like she was able to control rallies or go on offense. Vondrousova was the better player from start to finish.
Osaka, who made 32 unforced errors, hadn’t lost prior to the quarterfinals of a hardcourt event since the 2020 Australian Open. This is Osaka’s first competition in two months after withdrawing from the French Open and deciding not to play Wimbledon due to mental health struggles.
Vondrousova, currently ranked No. 42, will play the winner of the match between Spain’s Paula Badosa and Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the quarterfinals.