No wildcards for Australian tennis player who was upset at U.S. Open

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty will be unable to defend her Wimbledon title after suffering a shock first-round loss at the U.S. Open. After a final-set tiebreak, Barty failed to convert her fourth match point in…

No wildcards for Australian tennis player who was upset at U.S. Open

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty will be unable to defend her Wimbledon title after suffering a shock first-round loss at the U.S. Open. After a final-set tiebreak, Barty failed to convert her fourth match point in a 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 loss to Germany’s Sabine Lisicki on Monday.

According to the rules of the Wimbledon competition, Barty cannot receive a wildcard entry into the main draw of Wimbledon because she is not ranked higher than 100th in the world. The Courier-Mail reports:

According to the rules of the Wimbledon competition, Barty cannot receive a wildcard entry into the main draw of Wimbledon because she is not ranked higher than 100th in the world.

Fans took to social media to express their disappointment at Barty’s loss. One person tweeted, “And at 5 on the last point of the match, I was optimistic for Ashley Barty’s Wimbledon prospects… #USOpen” Another person said: “Ashleigh Barty has failed to crack 100 in the world? I’m a broken record… #USOpen.”

After losing her first match in three attempts to beat Caroline Wozniacki at the Key Biscayne ITF Championships this year, Barty vowed to refocus her energy into looking forward rather than dwelling on losses. She wrote in an Instagram post: “Had a ton of fun and was so glad to be back in Florida for the first time since the last time I played Caroline back in 2015. Actually, I’m still not over that final!”

On Tuesday, Barty’s coach Claire Nieman spoke to The Australian about the loss to Lisicki. “It’s very disappointing when you work so hard and get so close and then you come away with the result of not getting the job done. “But still, there are lots of positives. You could just see in the first three games that she was just obviously a little nervous and she hadn’t started to feel the legs and feel the way she’s capable of on a grass court. She was just a little bit slower, but having said that, there were a couple of balls in that tiebreak that were just out of the top 30 miles an hour. It’s unfortunate, but I’m sure that will be well used at Wimbledon.”

In other tennis news, Serena Williams will miss the U.S. Open with her newborn baby daughter.

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