Alison Riske ends Harriet Dart’s run in quarter-finals
Harriet Dart’s magical run came to an end after a battling defeat to American No.6 seed Alison Riske in three sets.
The 25-year-old had saved three match points on her way to victory over Camila Giorgi in the previous round, clinching a place in the quarter-finals for the first time.
And she showed that fighting spirit against Riske, coming from a break down to take the first set before eventually succumbing 4-6 6-2 6-1.
Riske paid tribute to Dart, “Today was an absolute battle. Harriet played some awesome tennis and I think I’m quite fortunate to get through this one. I’m definitely excited to be in a semi-final, to be able to play another match and thank you to everyone who came out.
“I was so preoccupied with what Harriet was going to do to me that (the conditions) were the least of my concerns. It was challenging at times but my biggest challenge was Harriet herself.
“Harriet is awesome on all surfaces but I think she has a great game for grass. She changes direction really well and it was a battle. I’m fortunate to be victorious today.”
The American added: “I still have two matches to go so my biggest concern is getting ready for the next one. It’s the ultimate goal (to win the tournament) but I can’t get ahead of myself.”🇬🇧 Harriet Dart 🇺🇸 Alison Riske