World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty admitted her early exit at the Tokyo Olympics was a tough pill to swallow. Barty, who was one of the top favorites to win gold medal, suffered a shock first round loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo in her Olympic opener.
"Yeah, I think the singles in Tokyo was a tough one. You know, I was quite quick to forget and move on from that one. I think for me I know that wasn't a true indication of who I am out on the tennis court. It was, I think, really positive, I wanted to play all three events in Tokyo.
I wanted to win a medal for Australia, and that didn't matter in which form it kind of came in, whether it was singles, doubles, or mixed," Barty said. Stormy and I played a hell of a tournament. Johnny and I played a hell of a tournament.
We were rewarded in the end. The singles didn't put a damper on the event at all. I was able to move on pretty quickly from that and forget that one and, yeah, not take too much out of it."
Barty still managed to win a medal
In the mixed doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics, Barty and fellow Australian John Peers won bronze medal.
" Yeah, an incredibly special event I think for all Australians. I think the Australian Olympic team did a fantastic job across the board. And it was, I know for the tennis team, it was a massive driving force for us to try and bring home a medal and for me personally to be able to win that with John and experience it with him just made our Olympic experience all the more special," Barty said.
"I think Johnny and I, we've known each other a long time and we'd earmarked this event for quite a while, in saying that we wanted to play together, we wanted to win a medal. We played some great tennis. And to be able to bring home a medal for Australia, add to our medal tally was incredible."