World No. 2 Naomi Osaka (24, Japan) suffered a shock loss in the women’s singles round of 16 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Osaka lost 2-0 (1-6 4-6) to World No. 42 Marqueta Bondrowshova (22, Czech Republic) in the women’s singles round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics held at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo, Japan on the 27th.
Japan was in shock when Osaka, who was selected as a strong gold medal candidate in this event, was eliminated in the round of 16.
Sankei Sports reported, “The ace, who was expected to be Japan’s first Olympic tennis gold medalist, was eliminated by losing 42nd in the world ranking.”
Osaka, who was the final igniter of the torch at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, is a mixed race athlete born to a Haitian father and Japanese mother.
In January 2019, he became the first Asian player, both men and women, to top the world rankings in tennis singles.
By Jeong Hye-jeong, staff reporter [email protected]