Barely a fortnight after winning Wimbledon, Australian and world No.1 Ash Barty has sensationally lost in the first round of the women’s singles at the Olympic Games.
Barty lost 6-4, 6-3 to world no. 72 Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets, ending her Olympic singles campaign in a shock loss in just over 90 minutes.
The 25-year-old appeared in discomfort throughout the match, but still fought on in vain as the Spaniard controlled the match from the opening serve.
Barty never really got her game going, as Sorribes Tormo held her nerve against her highly-fancied opponent.
In an uncharacteristic performance, Barty had 27 unforced errors and won just four of 11 net points.
Her first serve was also well off, going at just 62 per cent, while she conceded seven break points.
After holding serve in the opening game, Barty quickly found herself on the backfoot, as Sorribes Tormo broke her twice to lead 4-1.
From here Barty would go on to lose the first set in just 49 minutes.
The grand slam champion’s Olympic Games is not over, with her and West Australian Storm Sanders into the second round of the women’s doubles after yesterday’s win.
More to come