Both remaining Australian teams in the women’s doubles draw exited the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
Sixth seeds Ash Barty and Storm Sanders were pipped 6-3, 4-6, 7-10 in an extremely tight battle with three time grand slam champions and No. 1 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, from the Czech Republic.
The Aussies got off to the perfect start, breaking for a 3-1 lead early and holding the break to take the first set 6-3.
The second set was tight for the better part of it, until the No. 1 seeds broke the Aussies in the final game of the set to steal it 6-4, forcing a deciding super tiebreaker.
The Czech duo got off to a flying start in the super tiebreaker, racing away to an 8-4 lead, but the Aussies weren’t going down that easy. They fought hard to tighten the score, winning the next three points to take it to 7-8. But it wasn’t enough to topple the top seeds, who won the breaker 10-7.
Over on Court 1, the experienced Sam Stosur in her fifth Olympics, together with Olympic debutant Ellen Perez were ousted by Swiss pair Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 4-6, 4-6 in one hour and 23 minutes.
In mixed doubles action, Ash Barty returned to the court with John Peers, and the Aussies were at their brilliant best, taking down Argentine’s Horacio Zeballos and Nadia Podoroska 6-1, 7-6(3) to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Aussies will face No. 2 seeds from Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari in the third match on Court 2 tomorrow.
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