The number one on the WTA rankings, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty crashed out of Wimbledon after losing against American Alison Riske.
It was a tough match for the Aussie as she lost out on the occasion of winning her first Wimbledon title with the exit coming early in the tournament (fourth round) considering the player’s level.
Barty won the first set 6-3 but was not able to take another one and close the match as she lost the following two sets at the hands of an in-form Alison Riske.
The 29-year-old American ranked 55 in the world, has never managed to go through to a Grand Slam quarter-final before today.
A first ever Grand Slam quarter-final awaits…
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2019
After losing the first set to Barty, the American upped her game and was playing spectacularly with everything working perfectly for her. This was when Barty started to crack.
While in the past, Barty managed to recover from uncomfortable positions during her matches on many occasions, this time it was not to be. Her first serve went from being almost perfect to weak so quickly that it’s almost unexplainable.
That, together with Riske’s sudden rise in shot precision, led to a disappointing loss for the Aussie who was seen as a strong contender for the title before the start of the tournament.
Towards the end of the match, Barty looked a little tired, perhaps not physically but mentally.
But Australia can be proud. This was no capitulation. This was just an admirable young champion having a bad day out against an opponent playing the match of her life. That happens.
— The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) July 8, 2019
In her post-match press conference, Barty was gracious in defeat, saying she “lost to a better player”.
“I was sticking to how I wanted to play, then in the second set I think my serve let me down,” she said.
“I let Alison get back in the match too many times looking at second serves.”
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