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Naomi Osaka Out of Tokyo Olympics, Loses to Marketa Vondrousova in Third Round

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Osaka Vondrousova
Osaka Vondrousova

Naomi Osaka will not be winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The second-seeded tennis star, who is representing Japan at the Summer Games, was defeated by Marketa Vondroušová of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday. Though Osaka clawed her way back in the second set, Vondroušová closed it out. All in all, Vondroušová finished the match with 10 unforced errors compared to Osaka's 32.

Osaka's shocking loss in the third round of the tournament is the latest upset in the Olympic tournament.

On Sunday, world's No. 1 Ashleigh Barty of Australia lost to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round. Then on Monday, Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka, who is ranked third in the world, was defeated by Donna Vekic in the second round.

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Osaka Vondrousova
Osaka Vondrousova

Now with Osaka out of the tournament, No. 6-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is now the highest-ranked player left in the Summer Games.

On Monday, after her second victory in the tournament, Osaka spoke to reporters about her hopes for winning gold in her home country.

Explaining that standing on the podium "would mean a lot," she also acknowledged that "it's a process," adding, "I know these are the best players in the world, and honestly I haven't played in a while, so I'm trying to take it one notch at a time."

Osaka continued, "All in all, I'm just really happy to be here. I haven't been in Tokyo for a couple of years."

Osaka Vondrousova
Osaka Vondrousova

The athlete kicked off her first Olympics in glorious fashion by lighting the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony last Friday. NBC Sports' Mike Tirico had said during that day's broadcast that Osaka's opening match was pushed back so she could take part in the ceremony.

Shortly after lighting the cauldron, the tennis star reflected on the momentous experience. "Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life," she wrote on social media alongside a series of shots from the opening ceremony. "I have no words to describe the feelings I have right now but I do know I am currently filled with gratefulness and thankfulness ❤️ love you guys thank you."

Alongside a video of the moment she added, "Still trying to wrap my head around what just happened, crazy."

The Summer Games was her first major tournament in two months after she decided to sit out both the French Open and Wimbledon after going public with her mental health struggles. Osaka withdrew from the French Open after she was fined $15,000 in May for not participating in media requirements and press conferences.

To learn more about Team USA, visit Watch the Tokyo Olympics now on NBC.

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