BREAKING: Wimbledon Champion Ashleigh Barty Out of Tokyo Olympics 2020 in Stunning Fashion

Published 07/25/2021, 12:12 AM EDT


The string of upsets continued at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with Ashleigh Barty crashing out. The world #1 and Wimbledon Champion met her end at the hands of Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo. Sorribes almost collapsed in tears after pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the year, at least in tennis.

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#48 seed trashes Wimbledon Champion Ashleigh Barty

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses as she celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

On a bright sunny day in Tokyo, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo graced Ariake Tennis Park’s Centre Court. Barty, fresh off her incredible Wimbledon victory, looked the favorite to clinch Olympic gold. It would be the perfect way to cement her place on the #1 position, especially with the US Open on the horizon.

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Unfortunately, world #48 Sara Sorribes had plans to ruin her chances. In a scintillating two set affair, Sorribes thrashed the Wimbledon Champion and eased her way past Barty. Winning the first set 6-4 in almost 50 minutes, Sorribes made a statement that she wouldn’t go down easily.

The second set might’ve been the most shocking set so far at the Tokyo Olympics. In three quarters of an hour. Sorribes bossed Barty to claim victory, winning the set 6-3. Absolutely no one expected the world #1 to lose in straight sets, least of all to a world #48.

Despite the incredible win, it’s only the first round and Sorribes has a long way to go. On her path to a medal stand tennis stalwarts like Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova and of course, 2017 Wimbledon Champion Garbine Muguruza.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 19, 2021 Naomi Osaka of Japan during training REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Aside from Barty crashing out, the Ariake Tennis Park serves up a bevy of matches featuring some of the world’s best. With Andy Murray crashing out, his opponent Felix Auger-Aliassime becomes a sudden favorite to end up on the podium as he faces Australia’s Max Purcell.

Naomi Osaka graces the centre court, taking on China’s Saisai Zheng. Karolina Pliskova eased past France’s Alize Cornet, but it could mean a potential clash with Garbine Muguruza down the line. The Spaniard takes on Veronika Kudermetova of the Russian Olympic Committee.

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For the men’s singles championship, Kei Nishikori attempts to dazzle his home fans. He will mostly put on a stunning performance against Russia’s Andrey Rublev. Elsewhere, Federer-slayer Hubert Hurkacz takes on Luke Saville of Australia. Finally, we will witness Stefanos Tsitsipas take on Philipp Kohlschreiber in his first round match.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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