American Alison Riske upsets No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty at Wimbledon

Ashleigh Barty in action at Wimbledon

After withdrawing from her scheduled third-round doubles match on Tuesday citing an arm injury, Barty's bigger concern is getting her mind and body ready for the US Open starting on August 26.

She toppled the top seed 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. "She had the ability, and she had a strong work ethic".

"I'm here to battle", Riske said. The Australian player took it with philosophy. She stopped and said hello. She's so nice, and she comes from a nice family.

Riske needed three sets to take down Barty, winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to become the first unseeded American to beat the No. 1 seed at Wimbledon since 1994.

The first round had been the final stop for Riske, who suffered 21 opening-round exits in majors prior to this spirited Wimbledon run.

"Tough one to swallow but I lost to a better player", said Barty.

"Tough one. I think I started well". However, Riske made a stronger comeback and ended the one-sided set with a convenient win. Garofoli remembers conducting camps for youngsters and having Riske catch his eye early on.

The 29-year-old trails Federer 3-7 in career meetings although he won their most recent clash at the ATP Finals in London at the end of last season.

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Williams, who missed about a year of play when she had a baby in 2017 but returned to the tour in 2018, had not played before Wimbledon since the third round of the French Open - skipping the grass-court warm-up tournaments. "It will be an interesting match", added Riske. Nashville is listed as her residence now.

The women's world No. 1 player has been sneaking lines from Disney movies into her answers at the tournament's press conferences.

The win potentially pits her against new 9/4 tournament favourite Serena Williams - who has seen her odds slashed by tennis betting traders from 11/2 - but the multiple grand slam victor better not count her chickens too early either.

It's always been, though, grass courts where Riske has felt most comfortable.

The 23-year-old Australian 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.

She also lost in the round of 16 to Karolína Muchová in three sets.

"She hits a real flat ball, and she likes to go to the net", said Bowman, explaining Riske's strength on grass courts.

She stormed to victory over former world No 17 Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets before her shining moment on Centre Court against Polona Hercog.

The final grand slam of the year gets underway on August 26.

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