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Japanese star Naomi Osaka crashed out of the Olympic Games after suffering a shock defeat to Czech international Marketa Vondrousova in the third round.
The world number two lost in straight sets 6-1 6-4 in 70 minutes on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park as her quest to become the first Japanese tennis player to win gold came to an end.
Osaka impressed in her first two matches though former French Open finalist Vondrousova proved too strong for the 23-year-old, and will now face either Paula Badosa or Nadia Podoroska in the quarter-final.
The Japanese star had previously won 25 of her last 26 matches on hard courts, winning Grand Slams at the US Open and Australian Open, though the eight week break in her season for mental health reasons left her short of match practice.
Vondrousova was dominant on her serve, winning 87% (20/23) of first serve points and defending excellently when Osaka improved in the second set, saving four of five break points.
The world number two will now have her eyes firmly fixed on the US Open next month as she bids to defend her Grand Slam title.
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