Heartbreak for Barty as gold medal slips away

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Australian brace Ash Barty and John Peers person been beaten successful the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

Barty and Peers were beaten 5-7, 6-4, 13-11 by the Russian brace of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev.

It means Barty and Peers are retired of contention for the golden medal. They'll present play for the bronze.

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Australia volition consciousness they fto an accidental slip, with the Russians making 30 unforced errors for the match, arsenic opposed to conscionable 9 from Barty and Peers.

The nonaccomplishment means Barty volition permission Tokyo without a golden medal, having besides fallen abbreviated successful some the women's singles and women's doubles, aft coming into the Olympics connected the backmost of her Wimbledon victory.

Ash Barty and John Peers person been beaten successful the semi-finals of the mixed doubles astatine the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty)

Despite losing the 2nd set, the Australians carried immoderate momentum into the tie-breaker, having fought backmost from 1-5 down to astatine slightest unit the Russians to service retired the acceptable astatine 5-4.

The Aussies won 3 consecutive points during the tie-breaker to instrumentality a 6-4 lead, but an unforced mistake from Peers gave Russia a lucifer constituent astatine 9-8. Pavlyuchenkova missed a comparatively elemental volley that would person wrapped up the match.

The Australians held a lucifer constituent of their ain astatine 11-10 successful the tie-breaker, lone for the Russians to triumph 3 consecutive points to assertion the match.

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