WTA Wimbledon: Inspired Alison Riske sends Ashleigh Barty packing!

WTA Wimbledon: Inspired Alison Riske sends Ashleigh Barty packing!

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

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 weird responses.

Muchova will face Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships 2019. "I didn't win a tennis match; it's not the end of the world", she said.

Barty was off to a better start, forcing an error from her opponent to earn a break in game four before losing the advantage three games later after a deep return from Riske.

Five days after celebrating her 29th birthday, Riske played with more ambitious and assertiveness scoring the biggest Grand Slam win of her career.

"I think it's finding the balance", Barty said. It's like, Oh, now I can just play my game, hit shots, not have to worry about anything else.

"Just to overcome the matches the way that I have, I think that's ultimately what I'm most excited about", added the American. Today was a great preparation for me going into the Serena match. "It's good when your mind is clear and you can just play".

"Today wasn't my day, but that's not going to define us as a team, it's not going to define me as a person". I wasn't missing serves by too much.

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The Court Two crowd - and everyone else watching - simply expected the Aussie to step up a gear and ensure her Wimbledon dream was kept alive.

We love London. We would love to live here, love to be a member of the All England Tennis Club. Again, I'm ready for a war.

It is the first time that Riske, ranked 55th in the WTA rankings, has reached the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam.

Had Pliskova not dropped serve in the final game of a high-quality duel, Wimbledon would have witnessed its first final set tiebreak at 12-12 - the new rule brought in after last year's tournament to prevent "never-ending" final sets. "Being in the last eight at Wimbledon isn't too bad!"

The 2018 French Open champion will take on unseeded Shuai Zhang next, who she lost to twice in 2016.

The beginning of Wimbledon's second week is known as "Manic Monday" when all 16 remaining players in the men's and women's singles draws compete.

Bertens, a quarter-finalist previous year, saved match point in her second-round victory over Taylor Townsend but was unable to find the same powers of recovery as Strycova eased to a 7-5 6-1 victory. Mertens led 5-2 in the second set but lost nine straight games to go 4-0 down in the second.

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