Welp, World No. 1 and Wimbledon champ Ash Barty is already out of The Olympics, after losing straight sets against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Barty lost to her rival 6-4, 6-3 – making a surprising 55 unforced errors compared to 13 from Sorribes Tormo. This shocking defeat comes just two weeks after her massive Wimbledon win.
This means Barty is officially out of the Olympics for the women’s singles, but she still has a chance in the tennis doubles with fellow Aussie Storm Sanders on Saturday.
It’s disappointing because she was considered a strong medal chance, potentially winning Australia its first individual gold in Tennis since 2004. However, it’s completely understandable considering how much tennis players need to train for Grand Slam events, and how burnt out she’d probably feeling right now.
Back in 2017, Barty told Women’s Health what a full day of training looked like for her and yeah, it’s a lot.
“At the moment, it’s 45 minutes of body preparation work in the morning, whether it be stretching or working on a few weaker areas,” she told the publication
“And then straight into a bit of a movement session before we go out and practise for two hours.
“Then we have a bit of lunch and rest before either a gym or conditioning session in the afternoon, followed by a rehab session.
“And then sometimes as well, we sneak in a second on-court session if we need to do any extras. So, it’s a lot of hours on the court and in the gym at the moment.”
That was 2017, so you can only imagine how much training Ash Barty was doing during this year’s pre-season. So a back-to-back Grand Slam and Olympic match was always going to be a tough one.
But it’s not like Aussies aren’t winning medals elsewhere with Australia winning its first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics earlier today in the women’s 4×100 metres freestyle.
Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris smashed the previous world record set by Aussies at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Woohoo!