Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Riske ousts No. 1 Barty, faces Serena in quarters

Riske ousts No. 1 Barty, faces Serena in quarters

Ash Barty continues to crush it at Wimbledon, defeating Britain's Harriet Dart in a tidy 6-1 6-1 victory in her first appearance at centre court.

Unseeded Riske withstood 12 aces from Barty to chalk up her tour-best 14th grasscourt victory of the season. "I'm so excited. I think ultimately, I'm just so proud of myself for the way I handled today's match".

Barty's loss means Karolina Pliskova can overtake her to become world No 1 by reaching the final.

The tireless Riske came into her Court No.2 clash against Barty having played nearly five more hours of tennis than her opponent after having to negotiate three consecutive three-set matches - having to come back from a set down in two of those.

An upset looked remote when Barty fired down four aces to start the match before taking the opening set in 32 minutes.

Ashleigh Barty's Wimbledon charge has come to a shuddering halt at the hands of free-swinging American Alison Riske.

Riske, who will marry Stephen Amritraj, the son of former Indian Davis Cup player Anand, after Wimbledon, goes on to face either seven-time champion Serena Williams or Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the semi-finals.

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One building appeared to have suffered significant damage; only its frame seemed to still be intact. One video sent to Local 10 News showed an injured man on the ground near the gym.

The American rallied in the second set, breaking Barty twice more as the momentum was swiftly stolen away from the Australian.

"The grass definitely brings out the best in me. But I must say being at Wimbledon is not too bad".

The pressure told in her next service game, though, as Riske sent yet another victor down the line to break, and a final backhand wide from Barty brought the curtain down on her campaign.

"Bring it on", Riske said.

The women's world No. 1 player has been sneaking lines from Disney movies into her answers at the tournament's press conferences.

Many praised the Australian for her demeanour throughout her winning run, which stretched back to the French Open.

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