Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka trolled as 'one-hit wonder' as Marketa Vondrousova beats her

Naomi Osaka admitted during a press conference following her loss that nervousness played a role in her defeat


                            Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka trolled as 'one-hit wonder' as Marketa Vondrousova beats her
Naomi Osaka has been defeated by Marketa Vondrousova (David Ramos and Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka was slammed by the Internet as a "one-hit wonder" after she lost  6-1, 6-4 to Marketa Vondrousova in the third round of tennis in the Tokyo Olympics.

The four-time grand slam champion, who became the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony, admitted during a press conference following her loss on Monday, July 26, that nervousness played a role in her defeat as she stepped back into the limelight following a break from the sport. Earlier this year, Osaka made headlines after she withdrew from the French Open and the Wimbledon citing mental health issues. 

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When she was questioned if pressure played a role in her defeat, she said, “Yes and no. I feel like I should be used to it by now but at the same time, I think the scale of everything is a bit hard because of the break that I took. I’m glad I didn’t lose in the first round at least.” Osaka added, "I’m really glad to be here. I’m sad that I lost of course but all in all, really happy with my first Olympic experience.”

Osaka trolled online 

Naomi Osaka of Team Japan covers her ears before match point during her Women's Singles Third Round match against Marketa Vondrousova of Team Czech Republic on day four of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Soon enough Osaka was trolled by a number of social media users, some of whom mocked her for always blaming the media for shinning the limelight on her. Others predicted that the peak of her career was over. "She’ll blame the media," one user said, while another trolled, "She will retire soon trust me. Like within the next year. She has no fun playing tennis and that unsustainable." One more commented, "1 hit wonder, like Andy Murray and Michael Chang." The next remarked, "Huhhh? Guess she needed that Wimbledon." Another quipped, "'She’s feeling better' apparently not."



 



 



 



 



 

'Mental health is the easiest route'

Naomi Osaka of Team Japan shakes hands with Marketa Vondrousova of Team Czech Republic after their Women's Singles Third Round match against on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

There were also those who called her out for always making excuses about mental health issues. "Mental health issues are so fashionable right now that they will be in Vogue - just like Naomi," one of them said, while another wrote, "Why do people put Naomi Osaka in the same sentence as Novak Djokovic, please don’t, he’s a real tennis player. No moaning, mental health shit or problems aired to the public, just tennis Win or Lose! #osaka." One more remarked, "Naomi Osaka knocked out of Olympics. No mental health issues At Olympics. French open is commercial. Olympics is patriotism. She didn’t want to lower her stock value. Mental health is the easiest route." Another quipped, "Good that you lost. Can focus more on your mental health now." A commenter tweeted, "@naomiosaka out of the #Tokyo2020 she going to blame the press affecting her mental health and go into hiding again? Asking for a friend".

However, not everyone was as unsympathetic. One such user commented, "@naomiosaka is an absolute superstar on the grandest scale. The unbelievable joy some trolls are getting from her loss isn't surprising but it serves as a reminder of her troubles and mental health struggles in the first place. People cannot wait to tear the successful down." Another pointed out, "I hope this loss doesn't damage Naomi Osaka’s mental health the more, I wish her a good rest of mind. It's never easy to be a tennis player at the Olympics I want to thank Marketa Vondrousova for mustering up the strength to attend her press conference after defeating Naomi".



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

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