Ashleigh Barty vs. Alison Riske
Monday, July 8, 2019 at 5:00 AM (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club)
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Ashleigh Barty and Alison Riske meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Ashleigh Barty is coming off a straight sets win over Harriet Dart that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Barty won 92 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Barty won 77 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her five break points. Barty got 64 percent of her first serves in play, saved all four break points and hit 11 aces. Barty has been broken just twice through three matches and has won each of her last 20 sets dating back to the French Open. It’s clear to see why Barty is the odds on favorite to win this tournament given her current form. Barty hopes to make her third career grand slam quarterfinal and first ever at Wimbledon. Barty has won 10 of her last 11 matches on grass court.
Alison Riske is coming off a three sets win over Belinda Bencic that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Riske won 63 percent of her first serve points and 59 percent of her second serve points. Riske won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her eight break points. Riske got 77 percent of her first serves in play, saved six of her nine break points and hit 28 winners. Riske has won all three of her matches in three sets and has now won eight of her last nine matches overall that have gone the distance. With wins in 13 of her last 14 matches, this is possibly the best stretch of tennis we’ve seen from the 29-year-old American. Riske hopes to make her first ever grand slam quarterfinal appearance, and this is her first and ever grand slam fourth round match since the 2013 US Open. Riske has won eight of her last nine matches on grass court.
These two played once, which was a 2016 ITF match which Riske won in straight sets. The match was decided in 25 games.
At this point nothing would surprise me with Riske, as she’s one of the hottest players on the women’s side and just beat a giant killer in Bencic, who is having a hell of a season in her own right. The problem is Barty has been on a tear all year and has become far more confident with her shotmaking to finish points quicker. Barty has quickly become a more balanced player, and she’s the cleaner player between the two. Riske and her unforced errors will be the deciding factor in this match.
Barty makes her third straight grand slam quarterfinal.