Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty's run ended by unseeded Alison Riske

Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty's run ended by unseeded Alison Riske

The 23-year-old Australian, who could lose her number one ranking to the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova, looked on course to keep her hopes up of becoming the first Australian women's Wimbledon champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her second crown in 1980 after taking the first set.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion crushed Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-2, 6-2, in her fourth-round match on No. 1 Court and pronounced herself fit for a week two run toward history. I played doubles with Serena, but never played against her. I learned what it was like to be under pressure.

"Every day I try my best and that's all I can do".

But he feels fresh heading into the final stretch of the British Grand Slam having dropped just one set all tournament.

Barty said she would have a few beers and then focus on her next target, the US Open in August. Again, I think today was a great preparation for me going into the Serena match. "I told my parents I really don't want Wimbledon to end. I think when I'm doing that, my best tennis kind of comes from that".

Her Disney repertoire has included Toy Story, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, but journalists say they didn't pick up on the gag until Barty's second and third rather freakish responses. In the opening service game, the top-seeded Barty won all four points with aces.

"The rust is definitely wearing off", she said.

"The quarter-finals is incredible but the way that I've been fighting, that is what is most exciting for me".

Like her path to the quarters, Barty's chances of hanging on to the world number one ranking have also benefited from the early exits of her main rivals.

Strycova next faces Johanna Konta who reached her second Wimbledon quarterfinal by coming from a set down to knock out two-time champion Petra Kvitova.

Konta will meet veteran Barbora Strycova - a victor in three against Belgium's Elise Mertens - after bringing Centre Court to its feet at the end of a gruelling battle.

Barty is Australia's last hope in the singles, with John Millman losing his third-round men's match 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 to American Sam Querrey, a former semi-finalist. To have overcome the matches the way I have is what I'm most excited about.

"I am happy to be where I am, the body is holding well and I'm playing some good tennis".

"My game is very well suited to it", the 29-year-old said.

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