‘A disappointing day’ for ‘erratic’ Ashleigh Barty as she crashes out of singles at Tokyo Olympics
“It wasn’t meant to be” for Ashleigh Barty in the singles at the Tokyo Olympics as the Australian fell at the first hurdle, losing Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain.
Just a fortnight after winning her maiden Wimbledon trophy, Barty produced a “loose” and “erratic” performance in the first round of the 2020 Games as she went down against the world No 48.
Spain’s @sara_sorribes stuns world No.1 Ash Barty 6-4 6-3 in the first round at #Tokyo2020 #Tennis | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/9lXp7LZNlM
— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 25, 2021
Barty made 55 unforced errors and found herself behind as early as game three as the Spaniard took charge. A second break in game five gave Sorribes Tormo some breathing space, and she needed it as the two-time Grand Slam winner got one break back.
The world No 1 did not improve in the second set as she was broken three times.
“It was a tough day, a disappointing day. I can’t lie about that. It was just loose,” Barty told Seven Network.
“I knew I wanted to try and take the match on today and it was going to be a fine line of pushing too hard and not getting stuck into patterns I didn’t want to get stuck in. [I was] just too erratic today, I wasn’t able to make enough balls.
“Yeah, [the heat] is brutal, but this is like an Australian summer for me. I quite enjoy the heat. I love playing out here in these kind of conditions, but it wasn’t meant to be today.”
It was a good day for Spain as Carla Suarez Navarro, who is retiring at the end of this year, beat Ons Jabeur from Tunisia 6-4, 6-1.
Third seed Aryna Sabalenka also advanced as the Belarusian beat Magda Linette from Poland 6-2, 6-1 while fourth seed Elina Svitolina had to battle for her win as she beat Germany’s Laura Siegemund 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official and like our Facebook page.
Marcelo Rios not a fan of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as they are not ‘entertaining,’ describes tennis as ‘boring’
Marcelo Rios feels Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are “not entertaining” on the court.
Carlos Alcaraz described as the ‘Mike Tyson of tennis’ due to ‘brutal power and speed’
Carlos Alcaraz 🤝 Mike Tyson.
Victoria Azarenka rebuffs claims of tension in locker room, fires back at Iga Swiatek over Ukraine comments
Victoria Azarenka has hit back at Iga Swiatek over her comments.
Stefanos Tsitsipas believes in the message of ubuntu
Stefanos Tsitsipas believes in the message of ubuntu.
Andy Murray disappointed with his level after early exit on quicker Miami court
Murray was beaten in two sets by world number 76 Dusan Lajovic.
Rafael Nadal ‘confirmed’ for Monte Carlo Masters
Rafael Nadal looks set for a tilt as his 12th Monte Carlo Masters title.
This type of player could be the undoing of WTA’s big three
The WTA Tour is well set for star players right now.
Deep-court Daniil Medvedev may tweak his game but don’t expect serve and volley
Daniil Medvedev still believes in his game.
Has Iga Swiatek been figured out by top players
Iga Swiatek could use the break, according to Mats Wilander.
Iga Swiatek needs a plan to take down power players
Iga Swiatek isn’t in crisis but still needs a plan for power players.