Top seed Ashleigh Barty was knocked out of Wimbledon in the fourth round by American Alison Riske on Monday, July 8th. After a gruelling contest, the Australian was beaten 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a shock result.
The 23-year-old was attempting to add the Wimbledon title to the French Open she won earlier this year. But her hopes of a quarter-final clash with Serena Williams were dashed by her American opponent.
Barty had looked impressive throughout the tournament and she started strongly, winning the first game with four consecutive aces. She eventually ended up taking the first set comfortably with a score of 6-3.
Riske was left unfazed as she fought back in the second set and broke Barty’s serve twice to win 6-2. The American continued her strong performance and won the deciding set 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Serena Williams.
AFP reported that Barty admitted that Riske deserved to go through. "It is a tough one to swallow but I lost to a better player," she said. Riske also praised her and said that she hopes to bring more surprises in the next round. "I had to play aggressive. I had to take it to Ash," said Riske. "The grass definitely brings out the best in me. Hopefully it will rub off and happen in other places too," she added.
Serena Williams looks to be getting stronger as the tournament goes on as she eased to victory over Carla Suarez Navarro. The American never looked in any trouble throughout the game as she won with a score of 6-2 6-2.
The AFP reported that 23-time grand slam winner said she still had the hunger for titles. "I always get excited," said Williams after her victory, which put her into a 14th Wimbledon quarter-final. "I'm a really pumped player,” she said. “That's my personality. Of course, I still I want it or else I wouldn't be here."
She also credited her good performances recently to playing more after recovering from a knee injury early in the season. "I definitely had more matches this week than the past five months, so yikes!" said Williams. "It definitely is good, I know that I can play and now that I'm feeling better physically, I almost feel a relief more than anything.” "Finally, I can play tennis," she added.
Her quarter-final clash against Riske is on Tuesday, July 9th.