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Tokyo 2020 lost two of its biggest names on Tuesday as gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the team event – and the nation's tennis favourite star Naomi Osaka made a shock exit.
Osaka was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the third round and spoke about the pressure of being in her first Olympics at home.
It was her first tournament since pulling out of the French Open in May, when she said she had been suffering from depression for almost three years.
Then came the loss of Simone Biles, who tearfully described how she pulled out of the USA team because "doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me".
Simone Biles has announced her decision to pull out of the Olympics
Biles, the world's best gymnast of her generation, suffered a crisis of confidence after misjudging her opening vault, scoring 13.766.
Although the 24-year-old returned, she put on her tracksuit and did not compete again as the Americans finished second, with Team GB taking a surprise bronze.
Speaking afterwards, Biles told how she had been having therapy amid struggles over the last year, but everything had come to a head in Tokyo.
"With the year that it's been, I'm really not surprised that it played out," she said.
"I just don't trust myself as much as I used to, and I don't know if it's age – I'm a little bit more nervous when I do gymnastics.
"I feel like I'm also not having as much fun and I know that this Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself.
"I came in and I felt like I was still doing it for other people, so that just hurts my heart." She added that "doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me."
Later, she paid tribute to her US team mates for stepping in to take the silver medal when she felt that she could no longer compete.
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"I just felt it would be better to take a back seat," she said. "I knew the girls would do an absolutely great job.
"I did not want to risk a medal. I decided that the girls should go out and do the rest of the competition."
She is going to take some time to consider whether to compete as planned in the individual events later this week.
"There was no injury, I did not want to do something silly, I wanted to do what was best for the team.
"It has been a long week, it has been a long Olympic process and a long year and I was just a little stressed out.
"We should be out having fun sometimes, and that is not the case. We have half a day off now to take a mental rest, and I will take it from there."
She will decide on whether to compete at some stage soon, she added.