Big 3, Nishikori, Serena reach Wimbledon quarterfinals; Barty, Gauff ousted

"It's super exciting. I played doubles with Serena, but never played against her".

She says Riske was just a better player on the day.

Following the victory over the world's number one female player, the match visitors didn't discuss the techniques that helped Riske to gain the upper hand over Barty, but the unbearably loud shrieks that accompanied Riske's play.

The set stayed on serve, going to 3-3 but Barty would not win another game.

It was a painful exit for Pliskova, who saved two match points only to see a Muchova return clip the top of the tape and crawl over on the third match point, bringing funky closure to a three hour, 17-minute fight.

The US Open in August is the final grand slam event of the year. Muchova will meet eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina for a semifinal spot.

Williams, a five-time champion at the All England Club, lost to Coco Gauff in the first round of the singles tournament last week.

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A 200-1 outsider pre-tournament, Riske is riding an incredible wave of confidence and emotion after winning a tour-topping 14 matches on grass and judging by her post-match reaction to the win, playing at the All England club means an very bad lot. She won two more points in her next game with aces and finished the match with 12. Three double faults from Barty, none from her opponent, showed that she was human after all.

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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The loss ends a 15-match winning streak for Barty, who was coming off wins at the French Open and the Birmingham Classic.

"Wimbledon has been a special tournament that has motivated me throughout my life".

"We kind of came into it thinking, king of like Hakuna Matata".

"In the second set, I gave Alison too many looks at second serves". Her reward for dumping out Barty is a likely quarter-final against Serena Williams in her first ever last-eight appearance in a grand slam.

"The rust definitely wearing off", Williams said.

"Overall I didn't play a poor match".

Craig O'Shannessy, Australian tennis coach and Novak Djokovic's chief strategist, was contacted by Riske's coach to devise a game plan to take down the world's best female player.

The 23-year-old Australian cited an arm injury as the reason for her withdrawal. "But that's not the case", she said. "I had to play aggressive". It will be an interesting match. He appeared not to even try at some points. Again, I'm ready for a war.

"I don't mediate I'll ever imagine it to be handsome", she acknowledged.

  • Lawrence Cooper