LONDON – In knocking world number one 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.
Riske created one of the biggest shocks of the tournament with her 3-6 6-2 6-3 victory over French Open champion Barty who was on the sort of run that made losing to a player of the American's lowly 55th ranking appear almost impossible.
Yet Riske, who once described herself as "100 percent paranoid" and in a state of fear brought about by her dad's line of work, set about ending Barty's 15-match winning streak without a hint of intimidation.
"I couldn't begin to say what it means to me. To have overcome the matches the way I have is what I'm most excited about," she said. "Getting to the quarter-finals is amazing but what's most exciting for me is the way I've been fighting."
She lost the first set but dug in for a trench battle, out-slugging the Australian to take the next two and set up a potential last-eight clash with seven-times champion Serena Williams.