'Can't believe it': Tennis world stunned by second Ash Barty collapse

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Ash Barty, pictured here after losing to Danielle Collins at the Adelaide International.
Ash Barty was beaten by Danielle Collins at the Adelaide International. Image: WTA/Getty

Ash Barty has crashed out of the Adelaide International, suffering a second extraordinary collapse in the last week.

Seven days after losing in the Australian Open quarter-finals, Barty was beaten by Danielle Collins in at Adelaide's Memorial Drive on Wednesday night.

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In extraordinary scenes, Barty collapsed again after leading in both sets of the 6-3 6-4 loss.

In the first set, the Australian skipped out to a 3-1 advantage but lost the next five games in a row.

And the second followed a near-identical theme: Barty led 4-1 before Collins took the next five games to win the match.

It was all-too familiar for Barty, who won the first set and led 2-1 in the second of her shock loss to Karolina Muchova at the Australian Open.

"It's disappointing to have two sets in a row where I went on a run of losing games," Barty said.

"But also in that second set, I felt I got away from what was working on serve and just gave her an opportunity to get back in the match."

Fans were left in disbelief over Barty's latest collapse.

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Barty later said the public expectation will never stack up with reality as she grapples with a second shock loss in a week and an injury niggle that will see her miss next week's Qatar Open.

She later pulled out of next week's WTA tournament, citing a leg injury and suggesting in a statement that she'll be ready to compete in Miami late next month.

But rather than signal a downturn, Barty says the defeats are simply part and parcel of playing on the professional circuit.

"You know that there are no easy matches going into any tournament," Barty said.

"From an expectation of a public point of view, I think that (winning all the time) is their views and that's their opinions and they are 100 per cent able to voice those.

Danielle Collins, pictured here after her win over Ash Barty at the Adelaide International.
Danielle Collins celebrates her win over Ash Barty at the Adelaide International. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

"But I think from a playing perspective, it's about what do we expect from us as players and what do we bring to the court each day. We bring the right professionalism and prepare in the right way.

"And in the end, the result, it just is what it is, it's not always going to go your way.

"You can't win every single tennis match. But you can sure as hell approach it the right way.

"And from my team and from me, we did that this week and we just didn't quite get that result."

Barty will now take stock before deciding if, where and when she will play again outside of Australia.

The Queenslander was absent from the world tour for almost 12 months before returning to competitive play on February 2 - she has since played 11 matches in 22 days.

"We will sit down like we always do at the end of a match after a tournament and look at what is next," she said.

"I will have that discussion with my team in the next day or so to work out as best we can what we will do moving forward.

"Obviously it's an ever-changing world that we're living in now, things can change quite dramatically quite quickly."

with AAP

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