World No.1 Ashleigh Barty is leaving Tokyo with a medal around her neck. After an early defeat in singles, the Australian and her mixed doubles partner John Peers won bronze via a walkover from Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic.
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Djokovic’s search for a “Golden Slam” came to an end on Friday as he lost to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals and then the ATP world No.1 also lost his bronze medal match to Pablo Carreno Busta in three sets on Saturday. After this pair of heart-breaking defeats, Djokovic withdrew from his mixed doubles bronze medal play-off, citing a left shoulder injury.
Barty’s and Peer’s bronze medal in mixed doubles represents Australia’s sixth in Olympic tennis – and their first since Alicia Molik won bronze in the women’s singles at Athens 2004.