World number 1, Ashleigh Barty will face world number 48, Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round of the Women’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Ashleigh Barty vs Sara Sorribes Tormo: Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Match||Ashleigh Barty vs Sara Sorribes Tormo|
|Date||July 24, 2021|
Ashleigh Barty vs Sara Sorribes Tormo: Preview
The world number 1, Ashleigh Barty won her first grand slam title in 2019 at the French Open and her dream came true yet again when she won the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. She grabbed the title of world number 1 on the WTA rankings in September 2019 and has stayed on top of the charts since then. She has won 4 titles on the WTA tour this season, more than any other player.
Barty last played at Wimbledon where she won against Karolina Pliskova in a thrilling three set match to win her first Wimbledon title. She last played on hard court in April at the Miami Open where she also won the title against Bianca Andreescu. Her win-loss record throughout her career is 287-100 and has an exceptional record this year of 35-6.
The Spaniard, Sara Sorribes Tormo turned pro in 2012 and has since won 1 singles title and 2 doubles titles on the WTA tour. She won her first singles title earlier this year in Guadalajara. Tormo has been in exceptional form this year. Although she eventually lost to Angelique Kerber in the second round of Wimbledon, their three-hour, three set match was one of the best matches of the tournament.
The 24-year-old also last played on hard court in April at the Miami Open. She lost to Bianca Andreescu in three sets in the quarter final who eventually joined Barty in the final. She has a win loss record of 315-208 throughout her entire career on the WTA tour and a 20-12 record this year to date.
Ashleigh Barty vs Sara Sorribes Tormo: Head to Head
The pair have yet to play against each other in the WTA Tour and thus, will face each other for the first time. Hence, the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Ashleigh Barty vs Sara Sorribes Tormo: Prediction
Tormo has had her best year on tour in 2021 after showing an incredible performance in almost all tournaments and also picking up her first singles title. However, her form and physical ability is not as close to the Australian’s.
Barty looks all set to be one of the strongest contenders alongside Naomi Osaka to win the gold medal in her debut Olympics in Tokyo. With a 72%-win record on hard court, she has won 14 matches on this surface this year and has lost only 2. In her overall career, she has won almost three times more compared to lost on hard court having a win-loss record of 116-45.
Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to win in three sets.