WTA Wimbledon: Inspired Alison Riske sends Ashleigh Barty packing!

Arnold Nichols
July 9, 2019

The world No.1 offered no excuses, only congratulations for unseeded Alison Riske after the free-swinging American crashed Barty's party with a 3-6 6-2 6-3 boilover on Monday.

A hard-fought third set swung Riske's way when she broke for a 5-3 lead with a fine forehand down the line, and last month's Libema Open champion claimed victory on her first match point as Barty sent a forehand into the tramlines.

Barty had been hoping to join Williams as the only active player to win the French Open and Wimbledon back to back, but she was not too downbeat.

It will be the 29-year-old's first appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final.

"She called her "nice" and "cute" and didn't acknowledge that she was the best player in the world, and I thought that honestly was pretty condescending". "I had to take it to Ash", said Riske.

A former Australian tennis star Sam Groth took issue with how tennis icon Serena Williams reacted to learning about the new number-one woman tennis player.

Williams is also playing mixed doubles with two-time men's champion Andy Murray and she says it's good for her game.

Barty, who spent a lot of her off time watching Disney movies, said she would be able to move on from the defeat.

Disappointed but hardly devastated, Ashleigh Barty has accepted her surprise fourth-round Wimbledon with signature grace and class.

"I learned a lot", said Gauff, who revealed she was struggling with a stomach issue during the match. "That's my personality. Of course I still I want it or else I wouldn't be here".

"I try to do everything I can to win the tennis match. I couldn't be more proud of myself".

"Finally I can play tennis".

The only women's match at the Wimbledon Championships to reach 12-12 in the final set since 2000 was Georges vs Srebotnik in 2008.

The loss ends a 15-match winning streak for Barty, who was coming off wins at the French Open and the Birmingham Classic.

Today, a resolute Riske rallied into her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Alison Riske posted a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to continue her breakthrough tournament.

The 30-year-old, who faces Halep for a place in the semi-finals, thanked her close friend and doubles partner Australia's Sam Stosur for convincing her to stick with it. "This part of the year is always tough as I am away from home for a long time, but I enjoy playing on different surfaces and always love being back in the United Kingdom for the grass season".

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