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Naomi Osaka suffered a shocking third-round loss in the Tokyo Olympics women's tennis tournament.
The winner of four Grand Slam titles fell in straight sets to the Czech player Marketa Vondrousova.
Osaka said the loss "sucks more than the others" after representing this year's host nation.
Naomi Osaka's Olympics have come to an end.
The tennis superstar fell to the Czech player Marketa Vondrousova in the third round of the Tokyo Olympics women's tennis tournament.
Osaka had been representing the host nation, Japan, at the postponed 2020 games, which undoubtedly contributed to her disappointment following the straight-set loss on Tuesday.
"I'm disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others," Osaka said, per the Associated Press.
"I'm not saying that I did bad right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher," she added.
She wasn't alone in harboring sky-high expectations. All eyes were locked on Osaka as she sought to capture gold for the host country. She even had the massive honor of lighting the Olympic flame on Friday to official kick off the Olympics.
The weight of the world was seemingly on the 24-year-old's shoulders.
"I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this," Osaka said after the match. "I think it's maybe because I haven't played in the Olympics before and for the first year [it] was a bit much."
"I feel like my attitude wasn't that great because I don't really know how to cope with that pressure," she added. "So that's the best that I could have done in this situation."
Even her opponent recognized just how much that pressure most likely affected the winner of four Grand Slam tournaments.
Vondrousova - the 42nd-ranked player in the world - said she "cannot imagine" having to manage that level of expectations under the world's brightest lights.
"It's tough for her also playing in Japan and in the Olympics," Vondrousova said. "It's so much pressure."
Osaka will reconvene before presumably heading to New York to compete in next month's US Open. The hard hitter has seen great success in Flushing Meadows, winning two of her four Grand Slam titles at that event.
Vondrousova, meanwhile, is set to face the Spaniard Paula Badosa in the quarterfinal on Wednesday morning in Tokyo.
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