Ash Barty’s life appears rather a lot totally different to the way it did simply a few weeks in the past.
From winning Wimbledon in entrance of a packed home and well-known faces – including Tom Cruise – then making small talk with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the scene couldn’t have been extra totally different in Tokyo.
Taking part in doubles on an outdoor court docket with the capability to carry lower than 250 spectators, a complete of 9 folks sat within the stands for the primary level of her doubles match on Saturday. Aussie tennis legend Alicia Molik watched on subsequent to Barty’s coach Craig Tyzzer in a few the shaded choices as they tried to dodge the 35-degree warmth.
For anybody who’d seen Barty carry the trophy on the All England Membership earlier this month, her Olympic expertise was simply plain bizarre.
Barty teamed up with Storm Sanders in opposition to the Japanese pairing of Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya, successful comfortably 6-1 6-2 in 50 minutes.
The Aussie double act made a powerful begin and by no means relented, wrapping up the opening set 6-1 in lower than 25 minutes.
A number of extra of the Aussie contingent turned as much as watch the second set the place Barty and Sanders maintained the trend.
Barty is hoping to win two gold medals in Tokyo and enters the ladies’s singles draw as maybe Australia’s greatest likelihood of a person gold since tennis was readmitted as an Olympic sport within the Nineteen Eighties.
Australia hasn’t had a person medallist since Molik snared bronze in Athens 2004 and our solely gold was gained by the Woodies within the doubles in 1996.
Barty has pretty much as good an opportunity as any in a powerful ladies’s draw, the place native hope Naomi Osaka has enormous pressure on her shoulders in her first event since stepping away from the game to cope with psychological well being points.
The world No. 1 will face Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo first up earlier than a potential date with Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova within the quarter-finals.
If Barty makes it that far, she may play both Garbine Muguruza or world No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka in a blockbuster semi-final.
And a mouth-watering conflict with Japanese star Naomi Osaka would await Barty within the remaining.