“There are bits and pieces of that match that I did well. I was 15-30 or 30-all early in the second set from getting a break, which you never know, it could change the tone of the match.”
Riske came from a set down in that match in July to defeat Barty and did the same to put Goerges out of the tournament on Friday winning 1-6, 7-6, 6-2.
In contrast to Barty, the American has good memories from that clash as it saw her reach a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in 23 attempts with the 30-year-old bowing out to Serena Williams.
“It was a really special match for me. I played my game, I looked to impose myself on her, and it was good enough that day,” Riske said.
However the 30-year-old knows that she will be the villain if she manages to beat Barty in front of an Australian crowd.
“It’s going to be a different experience. I’m playing on her home turf. I expect the fans against me, as they should be. And it’s going to be a battle,” Riske said.
However the thought of the match has Riske excited as she knows the atmosphere will be electric.
“I’m going to have to ignore the crowd and try to be in my own head, so I think that will be the focus. I’m excited for it, honestly. You know, it’s a rare experience that, you know, at a grand slam you play someone necessarily from, you know, the home country,” Riske said.
Barty was happy with her form against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina as she overcame a sluggish start to win 6-3, 6-2.
“Hopefully there’s still a little bit left in me,” Barty said. ”I think today was cleaner off the ground. I felt more comfortable on my racquet. I felt like I could put the ball where I wanted to more often than not.
“It’s more a feeling than anything else. Obviously I’ve been able to find a way and problem-solve through a lot of my matches across the last two or three weeks.”
Barty said she had not lost any sleep as a result of the loss to Riske and she would treat her like any other opponent.
“Whoever I do play in the next round, we prepare no differently. We just go out there and try and do it,” Barty said.
Barty said she was confident in her ability to think on her feet and adjust her tactics during a match depending on how the match was playing out.
” ‘Tyz’ (coach Craig Tyzzer) sits down and watches a few of the matches, then we speak about it, put our brains together and see kind of what we think, ways that we can work around the match, work around their strengths, bring it back to my strengths,” Barty said.
“So it’s exactly the same whether I’ve played someone ten times or whether I’ve played them once. They’re a fresh start every single time.”
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.