Tokyo 2020 - Ash Barty is out of the Olympics after suffering a shock defeat to Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round
Ash Barty is out of the Olympics after falling victim to a shock defeat in the first round. Sara Sorribes Tormo defeated the number one seed with a superb performance at the Games. Sorribes Tormo won 6-4 6-3 in a thrilling match where the Spaniard showed off some excellent skills as well as steely composure.
Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo celebrates a point against Australia's Ashleigh Barty during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles first round
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The world number one quickly fell 4-1 behind and was facing a dire situation before fighting back in the sixth game. Barty mustered two break points and sealed the break after coming out on top of an entertaining rally.
Barty turned to her backhand in the next game, slicing the ball back to Sorribes Tormo half a dozen times before eventually seeing her opponent overhit a shot.
But Sorribes Tormo then rescued two break points in her next service game, giving her the chance to serve for the first set.
Barty saw off two set points from the world number 48 with two shots that skimmed the very edge of the court lines. The efforts were so close, Sorribes Tormo used two challenges in a row to contest the calls.
Despite the fight-back, Barty’s own sloppiness cost her again as another unforced error, bringing her total to 28, handed Sorribes Tormo the first set.
Barty’s unforced errors continued to plague her in the second set as she racked up another 27.
Sorribes Tormo too produced 27 unforced errors of her own, but the 24-year-old was virtually unbreakable on her first serve, posting an impressive 92%.
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Barty again began the set poorly as she was broken in the first game, but she did hit straight back to level the set 1-1.
It appeared at times like Barty might turn the match around with Sorribes Tormo in uncharted territory against the world’s best player, but after the underdog superbly rescued two break points in the sixth game she broke Barty for the second time to lead 4-3.