World Number One, Ashley Barty crashes out from Olympics.

Written by on July 25, 2021

World number one Ashleigh Barty was stunned by Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain in the first round of women’s Olympics singles in Tokyo.

Australian Barty, who won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July, cut a frustrated figure in her 6-4 6-3 loss to 48th-ranked Sorribes Tormo.

The victory is the biggest of Sorribes Tormo’s career.

Barty’s defeat means Japan’s Naomi Osaka is the highest-ranked player remaining in the draw.

Second seed Osaka, who lit the Olympic flame in the opening ceremony, begins her campaign against Saisai Zheng of China later on Sunday.

Barty will still compete in Tokyo after she and Storm Sanders reached the second round of the women’s doubles on the first day.

She put in an error-strewn performance against Sorribes Tormo, making 55 unforced errors to the Spaniard’s 13.

Meanwhile beaten Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova advanced with a 6-1 6-3 win over Alize Cornet of France, while Belarusian third seed Aryna Sabalenka beat Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2 6-1.

Credit: BBC

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