Wimbledon 2019: Alison Riske Upsets No. 1 Ashleigh Barty

WIMBLEDON, England — Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty grew to grow to be the easiest ranked participant to fall at Wimbledon, dropping, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, to Alison Riske throughout the fourth spherical on Monday afternoon.

Barty, 23, entered the match with supreme confidence and was the oddsmakers’ favorite. In June, she obtained the French Open and have grown to be the first Australian woman atop the world rankings since Evonne Goolagong-Cawley in 1976. She had obtained her closing 15 matches and carried out flawlessly all through Wimbledon’s first week, dropping no models and solely 12 video games.

When she opened up her fourth-round match with 4 straight aces and took the first set with simple effectivity, it appeared as if her profitable streak would develop and she or he would shortly be throughout the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.

But Riske, a 29-year-old American ranked 55th, has been a strong grass-court participant all via her career and obtained an occasion on the ground closing month. She carried out steadily, blasting her laborious, flat groundstrokes deep, normally having fun with to Barty’s dangerous backhand. She put pressure on Barty by coming to net 27 events and profitable 74 p.c of those elements.

“The grass really brings out the best of me,” Riske suggested ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi after the match. “It really suits my game.”

When Riske broke serve early throughout the second set and held on to win it, 6-2, the capacity crowd of 4,000 on No. 2 Court erupted in full-throated applause.

Barty had obtained 9 out of her 11 three-set matches on tour this 12 months, nevertheless, she succumbed to Riske’s relentless pressure and deeply struck groundstrokes.

Riske moreover obtained her earlier three matches in three models, along with a 9-7 third set in her second-round win over Ivana Jorovic. She has now overwhelmed the No. 1, No. 13 and No. 22 seeds on this occasion.

She will subsequently play the seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, who defeated Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-2, 6-2.

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