WTA Wimbledon: Inspired Alison Riske sends Ashleigh Barty packing!


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WTA Wimbledon: Inspired Alison Riske sends Ashleigh Barty packing!

The 29-year-old Alison Riske had only seven wins at Wimbledon before this year but will play in the quarter-final now, defeating world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 36 minutes! Barty was the player to beat here after winning titles at Roland Garros and Birmingham, dropping 12 games in the first three rounds here at the All England Club and looking strong to add the second Grand Slam title to her tally.

Riske had other plans, though, toppling Donna Vekic, Ivana Jorovic and Belinda Bencic to set Barty clash and outplaying the Aussie with 30 winners and just 15 unforced errors. Ashleigh had 25 service winners but her game from the field was not as she expected, making too many errors and not being able to move Alison from the comfort zone.

The American had the edge in the crucial points, suffering two breaks but converting all four chances for the career-best result at Majors and the place in the last eight. Barty was off to a better start, forcing an error from her opponent to earn a break in game four before losing the advantage three games later after a deep return from Riske.

Staying focused, Ashleigh secured another break in game eight with a perfect backhand down the line winner, closing the set with a service winner in the next game for a hold at love and a 6-3. Alison took charge in set number two, finding the range behind the initial shot and breaking at 15 in game four after a well-constructed attack.

Returning at 5-2, the American landed a forehand down the line winner for another break and a set, taking a massive momentum before the start of the decider. There, she fended off a break point in game five with a backhand drive-volley winner at the net, moving ahead with another perfect forehand down the line winner and sealing the deal with a nice hold in the next game to stay on the title course.