Naomi Osaka's Olympic journey has come to an end as the tennis superstar fell to the Czech player Marketa Vondrousova in the 3rd round of the Tokyo Olympics women's tennis tournament.
Osaka represented Japan at the 2020 Games before her loss on Tuesday.
"I'm disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others," Osaka said, per the Associated Press. "I'm not saying that I did bad right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher."
But Osaka wasn't alone in holding unreasonably high expectations for herself because as many people watched, they were pressuring the young athlete to come back with gold for the host country.
So, it's safe to say that at only twenty-four years old, Osaka had a lot of pressure from the world.
"I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this," Osaka said after the match. "I think it's maybe because I haven't played in the Olympics before and for the first year [it] was a bit much. I feel like my attitude wasn't that great because I don't really know how to cope with that pressure... So that's the best that I could have done in this situation."
Vondrousova, the forty-second ranked player in the entire world said she couldn't "imagine" having to manage the level of expectations that Osaka managed.
"It's tough for her also playing in Japan and in the Olympics," Vondrousova said. "It's so much pressure."
We will see Osaka competing next month in New York in the U.S Open.
Osaka is the 1st Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles tournaments as well as being a 3-time Grand Slam singles champion, and the champion at the US Open and the Australian Open.
She also became the 1st woman to win successive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams in 2015! She's clearly a pretty influential tennis player who just had a little too much pressure on her shoulders in Tokyo.
She posted a video to her Instagram account saying: "Still trying to wrap my head around what just happened, crazy." And after lighting the flame in Tokyo on Friday, she told her followers she's "here for a good time."
So, even though she's not moving forward in Tokyo, she's still living a positive life.
We are proud of you, Naomi!