World No 1 Ash Barty’s Olympic campaign takes another hit as she loses her doubles quarterfinal after crashing out of singles in the FIRST round
Ash Barty and her partner Storm Sanders have been knocked out of women’s doubles at the Tokyo Olympics after going to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.
Barty and Sanders won the first set, but were eventually eliminated by Czech tennis stars Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova who won 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.
It comes as another blow to the world No. 1 after Barty crashed out of women’s singles in the first round.
But her Olympic campaign isn’t over with the Aussie teaming up with John Peers for mixed doubles later on Wednesday.
Ash Barty and her partner Storm Sanders were knocked out of women’s doubles at the Tokyo Olympics after going to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals
The Czech highest-placed duo recently dominated the WTA doubles circuit, while a win would have put Barty and Sanders in a battle for a medal.
The match ended with a ten-point tiebreak, but the victory went to the Czech duo when Barty was unable to return the last serve of the match.
Barty had previously gone down in straight sets to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round of the Olympics.
She had arrived in Tokyo as one of the favorites for the gold medal for the women’s singles title, having recently won her second Grand Slam.
‘It was a tough day. A disappointing day,” Barty told Channel Seven after her singles 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.
“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.’
Barty will now prepare for her first round in the mixed doubles with Peers.
The pair have a history, enjoying quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2013 and at the US Open in 2014, the last time they played together.
More to come.