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Homegirl Osaka crashes out of Olympic women’s tennis



Japan’s Naomi Osaka was handed a shock exit from the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games on Tuesday morning after she lost in the third round.

Osaka, who was making a return to the sport having been off the court since May, has been one of the faces of the Games in the Japanese capital.

The 23-year-old was sent packing after Czech Marketa Vondrousova earned a straight-set win in Tokyo.

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The four-time Grand Slam champion could not win a medal for her country as she lost 6-1 6-4 to the world number 42 Vondrousova in the third round.

“I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this,” said the world number two.

“I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year it was a bit much.”

Osaka, who is the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion, is expected to participate at this year’s US Open after missing the French Open and Wimbledon.

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