Riske topples top seed Barty, rewarded with first Wimbledon quarterfinal

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www.wtatennis.com|08-Jul-2019 18:19

Unseeded American Alison Riske is through to her first career Wimbledon quarterfinal after upsetting World No.1 Ashleigh Barty on Manic Monday.

LONDON, Great Britain - Unseeded American Alison Riske is through to her first career Wimbledon quarterfinal after upsetting World No.1 Ashleigh Barty in three sets to claim the first upset of Manic Monday.

Riske turned around a set deficit, and rallied all the way back on Court No.2 to knock out the top seed Barty, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach her first career Wimbledon quarterfinal. 

The American’s win also snaps Barty’s winning streak at an impressive 15 matches in a row - dating back to her French Open triumph and including a Birmingham title along with way. 

The tireless Riske came into her clash against Barty having played almost 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 to take down No.13 seed Belinda Bencic and No.22 Donna Vekic. 

She pulled it off against Barty once again, firing 30 winners and two aces en route to her first ever win against a World No.1 and booking her spot in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. 

Barty’s defeat also sends a ripple through the Wimbledon field, as her No.1 ranking is now back up for grabs. There were four women who started the fortnight with a chance to overtake her: now, Karolina Pliskova stands as the lone challenger, and she would need to reach the final to return to the WTA World No.1 spot. 

Riske awaits the winner between former champion Serena Williams and No.30 seed Carla Suarez Navarro as she seeks a spot on the semifinals.