Ash Barty was eradicated within the ladies’s singles on the Tokyo Olympics within the first spherical
Ash Barty was kicked out of the women’s individual Olympic tournament in the first round on Sunday by world number 48, Sara Sorribes Tormo in Tokyo.
Barty entered the tournament as the No. 1 seeded player after winning a historic Wimbledon title just two weeks ago.
The Australian was broken early and couldn’t fight back, with Sorribes Tormo eventually taking a 6-4, 6-3 win. Barty was broken in her second service game of the opening set, which gave the Spaniard the early advantage.
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Shockingly, Sorribes Tormo then broke for the second time in the game to take the 4-1 lead in a set.
Barty took a break back but couldn’t save the set while scrambling for her timing and precision.
When serving at 3-2 in the second set, Barty had the chance to earn her second break in the game and take a decisive lead in the frame. It was thwarted by a desperate defense and a fearless blow from Sorribes Tormo who managed to hold the serve.
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It got worse and worse for Barty in their next service game, and Sorribes Tormo claimed another breakpoint.
After 5-3 and staying at the Olympics, Barty saved two match points but couldn’t fend off a third when Sorribes Tormo again scored the biggest win of their career.
Barty is still in women’s doubles after taking a 6-1, 6-2 win with Storm Sanders on Saturday’s first round.
This story will be updated.