Australia’s world number one Ash Barty looked out of touch and out of place on Sunday when she was knocked out of the first round of the Tokyo Olympics with an unusual defeat to 48th seed Sarah Sorbes Tormo.
Barty defeated Spinard 6-4 6-3 in a one-sided match at the Blue Olympic Courts in Tokyo.
“It’s a really disappointing day,” Barty said later on the Olympic Channel.
“And I was a complete stranger. But I’m really excited for the doubles … (I still have a chance) to make everyone proud.”
Barty and Toofan Sanders defeated Makoto Nonomia and Nao Habino of Japan in the first round of the doubles on Saturday.
But the singles were the goal, and Barty Steffi Graf (1988) and Venus (2000) and Serena (2012) were hoping to win the Wimbledon and Olympic singles gold for Williams as the only woman.
An incompetent performance mocked this goal.
The 25-year-old said after the victory at Wimbledon, “It would be a wonderful experience to be able to represent Australia at the Olympics,” but it was nothing, and he spoke only briefly to the Australian broadcaster. Left the venue. And the Olympic Channel
For 24-year-old Sorbes Tormo, it was a dream come true.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I still can’t believe it. It’s amazing to me. It’s the same thing I’ve been dreaming all my life (about), being here and being with it. Even more, beat number one, so, I’m super, very happy. “
The Spaniard will face France’s Fiona Faro the next day when she defeated Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 2-6 6-4 6-2.
He said he was looking forward to his doubles match with compatriot Paula Badosa on Sunday, as he had already disturbed the players at Irrawaddy Tennis Park.
“We’re here to play, we’re here to have fun and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.
Trouble began for Barty, who broke three times in the first set, as he struggled to serve and made just eight unforgivable mistakes from 28 Spanish rivals.
Barty showed signs of fighting for his trademark in the second set, retiring from the break after losing his services early in the game, but failing to maintain it for long.
After taking a 3-2 lead, they failed to convert two more break points because of more mistakes.
One last backhand in the net and Barty’s dream of Olympic singles is over.