TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka said she was happy with her experience at the Tokyo Games despite her stunning 6-1 6-4 loss to Marketa Vondrousova in the third round on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old world number two – one of the country’s greatest medal hopefuls who just days earlier had lit the Olympic cauldron – admitted she had been under pressure to perform, but was nonetheless pleased with her first participation in the Games.
“For me, I’m really happy to be here. I’m sad to have lost of course, but overall really happy with my first Olympic experience,” she told reporters after her match.
Osaka, who won the US Open last year, said she had no immediate plans after her Olympic campaign ended, saying she had not yet thought about preparing to defend her. title in New York.
“To me, I’m kind of a person with a lot of stuff to do, so it’s either a really good thing or a really bad thing.”
The four-time Grand Slam champion was looking to become the fourth singles player since 1988 to win Olympic gold at home.
Osaka’s defeat follows the exit of world number one and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty, defeated in the first round on Sunday.
(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Stephen Coates)