Australian superstar Ash Barty reveals what went wrong as she sensationally crashes out of the Tokyo Olympics – just weeks after winning the Wimbledon crown
Newly crowned Wimbledon winner Ashleigh Barty has expressed her bitter disappointment about her ‘erratic’ form after crashing out of the Tokyo Olympics in the first round.
The Australian tennis world number one arrived in Tokyo as one of the gold medal favourites for the women’s singles title after claiming her second Grand Slam a fortnight ago.
But Spanish opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo had other ideas and caused a massive boilover to beat Barty in straight sets.
‘It was a tough day. A disappointing day,’ Barty told Channel Seven.
Toured as one of the gold medal favourites, Ash Barty has crashed out of the women’s singles draw at the Tokyo Olympics with a shock 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 wasn’t my day.’
Barty threatened to stage a comeback at the start of the second set but was unable to land crucial shots on the court.
She made 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 take the match on here today.
‘Just too erratic today. Wasn’t able to make enough balls.
‘I never really felt comfortable out there and wasn’t able to play the match on my terms.’
‘The key to my game is serving well and I wasn’t able to do that today. I was a bit erratic and made too many errors.’
Ash Barty was the queen of the court a fortnight ago after winning Wimbledon (pictured)
Ashleigh Barty was knocked out of the first round of the Tokyo Olympics in straight sets
Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo (pictured) caused a massive upset against the world number one
Tennis commentator Jose Morgado described her playing as ‘all over the place’.
American sports reporter Timothy Burke added: ‘Ash Barty is playing the worst tennis I’ve seen her play in quite a while.’
Commentators described her shots as ‘uncharacteristically loose’ saying they did not see the ‘steel, that ability to bounce back and put points like that behind her.’
Praise was heaped on Tormo for standing her ground before eventually stealing the second set win from her opponent.
‘The last two games Ash has been up in score but hasn’t been able to close the game out,’ the commentator said.
‘I keep pointing it out but it is just another example of Sorribes Tormo not just giving you any free points, free games, free opportunities to really feel your way through the match.’
Barty was visibly disappointed by the shock loss and did not deliver any comment post-match.
Barty looked as if she was ready to make a comeback by the start of the second set though was unable to land crucial shots on the court
Tennis commentator Jose Morgado described Barty’s performance on the court as ‘all over the place’
Barty was left visibly disappointed following the shock loss and did not deliver any comment post-match
Journalist John Baldock said he had never seen so many unforced errors from Barty.
‘I’ve never seen more unforced errors from Ash in a single set of tennis as in the 2nd,’ he said.
Tormo was in much higher spirits and let out a delighted cheer at the end of the match.
Barty’s Olympic hopes are still alive after progressing to the second round of the women’s doubles draw a day earlier with fellow Aussie and good friend Storm Sanders.
Tormo was in much higher spirits and let out a delighted cheer at the end of the game
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 some of the most unique circumstances I think ever for an Olympic Games, it’s really awesome for us.
‘We’re very grateful and thankful that we’re able to be here to play and to experience what is really cool Games.’