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Tennis star Naomi Osaka’s dreams of home Olympic gold were crushed in a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday as her return to action came to an abrupt end.

Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron and was one of the faces of the Games, struggled in an error-strewn display that blew the draw wide open after the earlier exits of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and third seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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