The day eight preview serves up Wimbledon tips as Alison Riske aims for another massive upset against the legendary Serena Williams.
22:00 (AEST), Tue 9th Jul @ All England Club, Wimbledon
History: First meeting
Final Thoughts: Several big names have fallen by the wayside in the Wimbledon ladies’ draw, but the G.O.A.T. has made it to the final eight.
Serena Williams’ anticipated mouth-watering quarter-final showdown with Ash Barty has failed to materialise. Instead, she will take on giant-killing fellow American Alison Riske.
Riske had already rolled seeded players Donna Vekic and Belinda Bencic to reach the fourth round. But she pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career against world No.1 Barty, coming from a set down to triumph 3-6 6-2 6-3.
The 29-year-old is into her first grand slam quarter-final, with a fourth-round appearance at the 2013 US Open her best previous effort at a major.
Barty’s exit has rocketed 11th seed Williams into favouritism to win the tournament. The seven-time Wimbledon champ is gunning for her first grand slam title since the 2017 Australian Open. She is also aiming to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 career majors.
Williams drew criticism for opting not to play any lead-in tournaments prior to Wimbledon after her third-round French Open exit. But she has been outstanding at the All England Club so far.
The 37-year-old’s only hiccup was dropping the first set in her second-round win over Kaja Juvan. Since then, Williams has disposed of 18th seed Julia Gorges 6-3 6-4 and 30th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2.
Riske’s 2019 grass-court form cannot be denied. The world No.55 won a pair of ITF tournaments prior to Wimbledon. Another king-sized upset may be just beyond her, with Williams’ power and tenacity destined to prove too much to overcome.
But with a decent head-start, Riske is an enticing option in the Games Handicap stakes.
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