How could Ashleigh Barty accept her loss to Alison Riske in Wimbledon fourth round on Monday? The Australian player took it with philosophy. "There might be a beer or two. We’ll have to wait and see", said Barty.
"Tough one. I think I started well. I was sticking to how I wanted to play. Then in the second set, I think my serve let me down. I let Alison get back into the match too many times, having looked at second serves. Overall I didn’t play a poor match.
When I needed to, when the big moments were there, Alison played better today. Tough one to swallow but I lost to a better player." On how it felt to play on No. 2 Court despite she is a world No. 1 and defending French Open champions, Barty added: "I think obviously scheduling is very difficult.
There are so many incredible matches all the fans and all the people want to watch, and players want to be a part of. For us, the tennis court is the same size. The surroundings change, yes. They’re a little bit different.
No matter what court you’re scheduled on, it shouldn’t matter how you approach the match or play. It certainly doesn’t for me. Court 2 is a beautiful court here. We played on that court earlier in the rounds and for a doubles match, as well. It’s a beautiful court. I enjoyed my time out there."