“Insane” Wimbledon debut comes to an end for Alicia Barnett as Team Bath Tennis star loses out in mixed doubles quarter-finals
Alicia Barnett’s memorable Wimbledon debut campaign came to an end on Tuesday as the Team Bath Tennis ace and partner Jonny O’Mara were beaten in their mixed doubles quarter-final.
The Australian pairing of Matthew Ebden and Samantha Stosur, who had beaten the number one seeds in the previous round, proved to be too strong as they recorded a 6-3 6-1 victory on Court 2.
However, it was another tremendous experience for Barnett – coached by Ian MacDonald at the Team Bath Sports Training Village – who got to play five matches on the world-famous grass courts during her debut Grand Slam championships.
As well as reach the second round of the women’s doubles with Olivia Nicholls, only losing out in a third-set tie-break, Barnett also enjoyed a brilliant mixed doubles competition with O’Mara which included an incredible 18-16 tie-break victory over Jamie Murray and Venus Williams in the second round on Sunday.
“It’s been insane, absolutely insane,” said Barnett. “I didn’t have any expectations going into Wimbledon, I just wanted to appreciate time on court and I have to say I’ve loved every minute of it. I think that’s reflected in the performances.
“It’s been a privilege to play in front of a home crowd, especially in my first Grand Slam, and have so many friends and family and the support from Team Bath has been brilliant.”
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