On Sunday, world number one Ashleigh Barty was knocked out of the Olympics women’s singles tennis tournament in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-3 to Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.
In the first set, Sorribes came out with all guns blazing, and Barty had no answers to what she was being hurled at her, and she won the first set 6-4. Sorribes maintained her momentum in the second set, winning it 6-3 and finishing the match in straight sets.
Barty, the defending Wimbledon champion, lost serve twice in each set while Sorribes Tormo, ranked 48th in the world, committed only five unforced errors to Barty’s 27.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I still can’t believe it,” said Sorribes Tormo, who will go on to face France’s Fiona Ferro in the second round.
“It’s something incredible for me. It’s something that I’ve been dreaming of all my life, being here and even more so beating the world number one. I’m super, super happy.” she added.
While Barty’s attempt to become Australia’s first singles gold medalist in tennis was cut short, she and her partner Storm Sanders advanced to the second round of the women’s doubles.
In the quarter-finals of that competition, Barty might potentially face Sorribes Tormo again. Later on Sunday, Sorribes Tormo and Paula Badosa will compete in the first round.