The world number two was swiped aside 6-1 6-4 by Czech Marketa Vondrousova in a shock result which dealt a blow to Japan's goldrush hopes.
TOKYO: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-July 27th, 2021) Japan's great hope for tennis gold Naomi Osaka was beaten on Tuesday in the third round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics tournament, saying she had not known how to cope with the pressure of the occasion.
Osaka had said then she would boycott news conferences to raise awareness of players' mental well-being, but spoke to reporters after this defeat.
"I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure, this time around," she said. "I think it's maybe because I haven't played in an Olympics before and for the first one to be here was a bit much.
"But I think I'm glad with how I played... with taking that break that I had. I've taken long breaks before and I've managed to do well.
"And I'm not saying that I did that right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher than how my result was. So... I think my attitude wasn't that great, but I didn't really know how to cope with that pressure... so that's the best that I could have done in this situation.
The Japanese player sprayed a costly 18 unforced errors throughout the match - three times the number made by Vondrousova.