TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Sara Sorribes Tormo on Sunday, July 25th, 2021.
Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia will face unseeded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo for a spot in the Second Round here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Aussie has been in tremendous form so far in 2021 and will be seeking to win her first Olympic gold. The first obstacle in her path is Sara Sorribes Torno, can the Spaniard get the huge win here and advance to the Second Round?
Ashleigh Barty is the number one seed here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and is ranked #1 on the WTA Tour. The Aussie has a unique style of play, and her all-around ability make her an extremely dangerous player. After winning Wimbledon for the first time, she will have her eyes firmly fixed on winning the title here and she enters this match against Sara Sorribes Tormo as the big favorite. In her current form she must be considered the favorite to win gold here in Tokyo, especially due to the uncertainty surrounding her biggest rival Naomi Osaka.
Sara Sorribes Tormo is unseeded here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and is ranked #48 on the WTA Tour. She started the year in amazing form, reaching a couple Semi-Final and winning the title in Guadalajara. However, she then had a terrible clay court swing, only winning two matches over the course of six tournaments. She steadied the ship somewhat during the grass season, but will be delighted to be back on the hard courts. Despite her strong hard court play this year she enters this match against Ashleigh Barty and will have to play the match of her life to get anything out of the match here.
This will be the first time that the two players have met on the WTA Tour, and it certainly is a tough First Round match for tournament favorite Ashleigh Barty. However, it is a test that I expect her to pass with flying colors, as she is currently riding a serious wave of momentum after Wimbledon, and seems unstoppable at the moment. Her ultra-consistent and unique style of play work well on this surface, and I think she will get through here without many issues. Ashleigh Barty will win in straight sets here, advancing to the Second Round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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