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'I was just too erratic today,' admits Ashleigh Barty on Olympic early exit

Ashleigh Barty backhand

Ashleigh Barty has suffered a surprise early exit at the Tokyo Olympics against Spaniard Sorribes Tormo.

The world number one came into the Olympics on a high after winning her second career Grand Slam at Wimbledon and was expected to mount a serious challenge for a medal on her Olympic debut.

But instead world number 48 Tormo won 6-4, 6-3 beating the Australian whose game was unusually flawed with unforced errors.

After the match, Barty admitted she was disappointed both with the result and the way she played.

“It was a tough day, a disappointing day. I can’t lie about that. It was just loose,” Barty told the Seven Network.

“I knew I wanted to try and take the match on today and it was going to be a fine line of pushing too hard and not getting stuck into patterns I didn’t want to get stuck in.

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“I never really felt comfortable out there and wasn’t able to play the match on my terms,” Barty said.

“The key to my game is serving well and I wasn’t able to do that today. I was a bit erratic and made too many errors.”

Yesterday many of the top players, including Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic, called for a change of scheduling due to the heat and humidity during matches, but Barty said the heat was not to blame for her loss.

“(On the heat) Yeah, it’s brutal, but this is like an Australian summer for me. I quite enjoy the heat. I love playing out here in these kind of conditions, but it wasn’t meant to be today.”

Sorribes Tormo will now face Fiona Ferro, who beat Anastasija Sevastova, in the second round.

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