Australian superstar Ash Barty reveals what went wrong when she sensationally crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics – just weeks after winning the Wimbledon crown
Newly crowned Wimbledon winner Ashleigh Barty has expressed bitter disappointment at her ‘erratic’ form after dropping out of the Tokyo Olympics in the first round.
The Australian tennis world’s number one arrived in Tokyo as one of the favorites for the gold medal for the women’s singles title after winning her second Grand Slam a fortnight ago.
But Spanish opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo had other ideas and caused a huge boilover to beat Barty in straight sets.
‘It was a tough day. A disappointing day,” Barty told Channel Seven.
Ash Barty, who has toured as one of the gold medal favorites, has crashed out of women’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics with a shocking first-round loss
‘I can’t lie about that. I can’t hide behind the fact that I wanted to do really well here, and today was not my day.’
Barty threatened to make a comeback at the start of the second set, but failed to make crucial shots on the field.
She committed 55 unforced errors compared to her opponent’s 13 in the 6-4, 6-3 shock loss.
“It was just loose,” Barty said.
“I really wanted to play the game here today.
‘Too erratic today. Couldn’t make enough balls.
“I never really felt comfortable there and couldn’t play the game on my terms.”
“The key to my game is serving well and I couldn’t do that today. I was a bit erratic and made too many mistakes.’
Ash Barty was queen of the court two weeks ago after winning Wimbledon (pictured)
Ashleigh Barty was eliminated in straight sets in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics
Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo (pictured) caused a huge shock against the world number one nummer
Tennis commentator Jose Morgado described her game as “all over the place.”
American sports reporter Timothy Burke added, “Ash Barty plays the worst tennis I’ve seen her play in ages.”
Commentators described her shots as “unusually loose” and said they didn’t see the “steel, that ability to bounce back and leave those kinds of points behind.”
Tormo was praised for holding on before finally stealing her opponent’s second set.
“Ash has been improving the score in the last two games, but he hasn’t been able to finish the game,” the commentator said.
“I keep pointing it out, but it’s just another example of Sorribes Tormo not just giving you free points, free games, free chances to really make your way through the game.”
Barty was visibly disappointed by the shock loss and did not comment after the game.
Barty looked like she was ready to make a comeback at the start of the second set but was unable to get crucial shots on the pitch
Tennis commentator Jose Morgado described Barty’s performance on the court as ‘all over the place’
Barty was visibly disappointed after the shock loss and did not comment after the match
Journalist John Baldock said he had never seen so many casual mistakes from Barty.
“I’ve never seen more casual mistakes from Ash in a single set of tennis than in the 2nd,” he said.
Tormo was in a much better mood and let out an elated cheer at the end of the match.
Barty’s Olympic hopes are still very much alive after he advanced to the second round of the women’s doubles with fellow Australian and good friend Storm Sanders the day before.
Tormo was in a much better mood and let out an elated cheer at the end of the match
Barty described it as a “dream for both of us” to compete with her childhood friend in the Tokyo Olympics.
“And to be here in one of the most unique circumstances I ever imagine for an Olympics, it’s really great for us.
“We are very grateful and grateful that we can be here to play and experience what really cool Games are.”