Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka had the opportunity of a lifetime. She lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier in July and, entering the Games had a strong shot at winning gold on the tennis court while competing for the host country of Japan,.
Unfortunately for Osaka, it wasn't a storybook ending. On Tuesday, Osaka fell to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Olympic tennis tournament.
"I'm disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others," Osaka said after the loss, according to the Associated Press. "I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this. 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 fell behind right out of the gate, dropping the first four games of the opening set. She simply never came back from the bad start.
Osaka won the first two matches at these Olympics following a two-month hiatus to help focus on her mental health. While Osaka did begin competing at the French Open in June, she eventually pulled out of the competition, citing concerns over her mental health.
Osaka initially decided that she wasn't going to speak to the press and skipped her media obligations. She was fined $15,000 as a result and was told that she could be suspended if she kept skipping media obligations. The very next day, Osaka withdrew from the French Open.
After pulling out of the French Open, Osaka announced that she wouldn't be competing at Wimbledon afterwards, and would instead begin preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics instead.