Ash Barty was eliminated from the Olympic women’s singles tournament in the first round on Sunday by world 48th Sara Sorribes Tormo in Tokyo.
Barty entered the tournament as the No.1 seed, having won a historic Wimbledon title just two weeks ago.
The Australian was shattered early and was unable to retaliate, with Sorribes Tormo ultimately taking a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Barty was shattered on her second serve game of the first set, giving the Spaniard the early advantage.
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Surprisingly, Sorribes Tormo then broke for the second time in the game for a 4-1 lead in the set.
Barty recovered from a break but was unable to save the set as she searched for its timing and precision.
Serving at 3-2 in the second set, Barty was fortunate enough to earn his second break of the game and take a crucial lead in the frame. She was thwarted by a desperate defense and fearless strikes from Sorribes Tormo, who managed to keep the serve.
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Things turned from bad to worse for Barty in his next service game, with Sorribes Tormo claiming yet another breaking point.
Behind 5-3 and serving to stay at the Olympics, Barty saved two match points but couldn’t hold back a third as Sorribes Tormo broke again for the biggest win of his career.
Barty is still in women’s doubles, having claimed a 6-1, 6-2 victory alongside Storm Sanders in the first round on Saturday.
This story will be updated.