Ash Barty has lost her fourth round match with American Alison Riske 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to bow out of Wimbledon.
Barty became the first Australian women to hold the #1 ranking since 1977 after winning the French Open in June. Now, after a bitter loss, she says she is ready to enjoy a beer or two and head home to see family and friends.
The match between the world #1 and #55 was one of big moments, with Barty admitted afterwards that Riske had played better when the big moments popped up.
“A tough one to swallow but I lost to a better player,” she said.
Two weeks ago Barty was forced to pull out of a warm-up tournament in the south of England due to injury, back managed to recover in time to compete at Wimbledon.
Barty’s spot at the top of the WTA rankings won’t be challenged regardless of the results at Wimbledon, after Czech Karolína Plíšková also lost last night.
Despite Barty’s disappointing result, her fourth round performance is still the best she has done at Wimbledon.
“[I’m] very proud of what we’ve been able to achieve,” she said.Image: Getty Images