This is perhaps the biggest surprise since the start of the Games.
At home, after lighting the Olympic cauldron, Naomi Osaka died in the eighth in the women's tennis table.
The world number 2 was sharply beaten in two sets (1-6, 4-6) and barely 1h10 of play, by the 42nd world Marketa Vondrousova.
A real sensation on Ariake's center court for the Japanese, all in red and white dressed up to the hair.
🗣️🇯🇵Huge disillusion for Naomi Osaka
The world number two, who lit the Olympic cauldron 4 days ago, is beaten in the round of 16 by the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (6-1, 6-4) # Tokyo2020
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Broken from the start, the Japanese never existed in the first set pocketed in barely 24 minutes by the Czech.
In the second round, the big favorite in the women's table recovered before losing her break ahead of a double fault.
Until the end of the match, a long fight settled between the two players before Osaka cracked after dismissing two match points.
The fall continues for Osaka
A predictable surprise for the Japanese?
Naomi Osaka had not played in official competition since her withdrawal from Roland-Garros, to preserve her "mental health" especially vis-à-vis the media.
An absence from Wimbledon for the same reasons suggested that the world number 2 was 100% focused on "her" Home Games.
A lack of competition which inevitably weighed on the face of the 42nd World.
The women's table in Tokyo is now extremely open.
In the absence of Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka, already eliminated, the first three seeds leave the field open to a new surprise at the Games after Mónica Puig in 2016. The recent Wimbledon finalist Karolína Pliskova is now the favorite.