The Olympic women’s tennis tournament was left without its two great favorites. Because the Japanese Naomi Osaka, second seeded, she fell surprisingly against the Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-4 in a duel of the round of 16. The number two in the world thus joined the Australian Ashleigh barty, top candidate, who was eliminated in the debut.
A collection of 32 unforced errors, against only ten of his rival, he put an end to the hopes of the Japanese Olympic team to incorporate Osaka to their list of champions at these Olympic Games.
After spending only two rounds, and with everything in favor to win the gold after the fall of Barty, the Japanese said goodbye to the Games that she herself officially opened by lighting the cauldron at the opening ceremony last Friday.
The game was played under the roof of the central court, closed by the rain. Photo EFE / EPA / MICHAEL REYNOLDS
Under the roof of the central court of the Ariake Tennis Center, closed by the rain that complicated the normal development of the tennis day, Osaka played a first set to forget, with a harmless service. He gave up six break points and his rival took advantage of three of them.
In the first game of her career against Vondrousova, 22 years old and owner of only one title, the owner of four Grand Slams He could not adapt to the game proposed by his rival either in the second set. He found himself with two match points against, which he saved thanks to an incontestable parallel right and a ball that the Czech remained in the net.
But in the third, a shot from the Czech that touched the tape dislodged the Japanese, who he sent out a cross blow and sealed his own defeat.
Czech Vondrousova waits for Nadia Podoroska or Paula Badosa. Photo EFE / EPA / MICHAEL REYNOLDS
Tokyo was Osaka’s first tournament since her controversial withdrawal from Roland Garros in May after being fined for refusing to attend press conferences. The Japanese, who later also resigned from Wimbledon, referred to mental problems without specifying to explain these decisions.
The women’s draw of the Olympic tournament is now completely open, without its first three favorites: Ashleigh, Osaka and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, eliminated in the second round.
Vondrousova will face the winner of the match between Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska and Spain’s Paula Badosa in the quarterfinals, which was delayed by bad weather.
With information from EFE