"I learned a lot. I felt like I served really when I really needed to", Barty said after becoming the first Australian woman into the last 16 since Jarmila Groth in 2010.
In knocking Australia's world No. 1 Ash Barty out of Wimbledon, Alison Riske showed that when your dad is a former secret service agent and FBI investigator, you learn how to turn the screw on even the most intimidating opponents.
"I am really happy I can play in the quarter finals again, it's one of my favorite tournaments", she told BBC Sport. "I couldn't be more proud of myself".
"I definitely feel like I'm getting better and better day by day".
Barty was all business during week one at the All England Club, steamrolling her way into the fourth round easily and her ruthless streak was on show to begin Manic Monday - one of the best days of the entire Grand Slam when all the remaining big names come out to play. "The fact that it's at Wimbledon, my favourite Grand Slam, the place that I had always dreamed to be in the last eight club, they can't kick me out now, I'm here to stay", she said. "I think ultimately to overcome the matches I have obviously getting to the quarterfinals is wonderful".
"We both love Wimbledon equally as much". I had confidence that if I could keep my service game I could get looks on her serve.
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"It was incredible walking out there", Barty said of her 53-minute masterclass.
Barty plans on celebrating her golden European summer with "maybe a beer or two" before jetting off to Australia to recharge her batteries before the American hardcourt swing. Then a cyber-schooled tennis prodigy who eventually would move to a warmer locale where the best of the best tennis players are trained, Riske enjoyed bonding with a team and the normalcy of being a high school athlete. "Obviously it's bittersweet at the moment but nothing but positives from us". It's the first time that Riske has advanced to the quarters of a major tournament. Even Barty had to nod her approval when Riske passed her with a punishing backhand victor to take a 2-1 lead and there were no easy points as both players fought like warriors to keep themselves in the contest. "Simona played really well", she said after losing 6-3 6-3.
"I've had more matches this week than literally the last five months, and now I'm feeling better physically it's nearly relief more than anything". "She played a great match today".
The 33-year-old's knee problems have been a hindrance on the low-bouncing grass over the years but he has shown a new lease of life on the surface of late and lost a five-set semi final thriller to Djokovic last year.
"In the United States, which I love that time of year, I love getting back over to the summertime there".