World number one and favorite for the gold Ash Barty losing to unfancied Spaniard Sorribes Tormo in straight sets. Picking up play at 5-4 adv Barty, Ash doing well to come back from 2 set points down at 40-15 to bring the game to deuce with a trademark point construction during the rallies but what a no-margin-for error backhand by Sorribes, bang on the line. I love the risk she took on that shot which was rewarded here. The Spaniard’s backhand technique is very unusual to see on a hard court, it has a lot of top spin but has lots of speed. Had Barty win that point all money would have been on her to win the set making the shot ever so impressive.
In this match Ash struggled in her serve more often than usual during the rallies making far too many unforced errors. Suffering an early break in the second set,she broke back immediately to make it 1-1. Now watch 3-2 barty up with Sorribes 15-0 up. When Barty dictates rallies on the baseline she is hard to play against. Watch how she keeps Sorribes deep away from her baseline using corner shots, opening up the angle for the winner. I really strongly believe Ash missed a chance in this sixth game to get a foothold on the set by blowing breakpoint at 40-30. In the very next game at 3-3 she gave the beak to Sorribes, disappointedly having led 40-0.
Check out 4-3 (30-30) shocking point as far as Barty is concerned. When you hitting a forehand, you are right handed the ball is coming at you on the left side of the court, hit the backhand for God’s sake. The forehand was always going to be a long shot for reason number one,you have to sort your feet very quickly in which Barty made a mess of. Two, you don’t have much court to aim at on the left so you are bound to play the shot well wide anyway. Bad day at the office for the Wimbledon champ, she went on to lose the set 6-3 on the double break. A forgettable error strewn match by the Aussie top seed.