Alison Riske

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Alison Riske
Alison Riske 1, Wimbledon 2013 - Diliff.jpg
Alison serving at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
Country  United States
Residence Atlanta, United States
Born (1990-07-03) July 3, 1990 (age 24)
Pittsburgh, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money 1,040,871
Singles
Career record 216–157
Career titles 6 ITF
Highest ranking 40 (9 June 2014)
Current ranking 44 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 2R (2014)
Wimbledon 3R (2013, 2014)
US Open 4R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 46–62
Career titles 1 ITF
Highest ranking 100 (7 July 2014)
Current ranking 100 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Last updated on: 18 August 2014.

Alison Riske (born 3 July 1990 in Pittsburgh) is an American professional tennis player.

Riske has won six singles and one doubles title on the ITF tour in her career. On 9 June 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 40. On 7 July 2014, she peaked at world number 100 in the doubles rankings.

Early life and career[edit]

The daughter of Al and Carol Riske,[1] she first played tennis at the age of 3 years old after her dad took her out to hit.[2] Her father worked in the Secret Service and later as an FBI investigator, while her mother was a school teacher, but both are now retired.[3] Her sister, Sarah, is also a tennis player who played for Vanderbilt and had a brief professional career,[2] reaching as high as No. 372.[4] Her brother, Dan, played college tennis for West Liberty State,[5] and is now an accountant.[3]

Educated by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School,[5] she played the fall of 2006 for Peters Township High School, where she led the girls' tennis team to the Pennsylvania State championship, and won the championship in singles.[1] The following year, she won the USTA National Collegiate Clay Court Championship to earn a spot in the US Open qualifying draw, where she won her first match over Sorana Cîrstea before losing to Julie Ditty. She also won the ITA Summer Claycourt Championship and finished second at the USTA National Hardcourts that year. In early 2008, she earned the No. 1 ranking in her country in Girls 18s competition.[6] She got her first taste of the professional circuit later that year, when she served as a hitting partner for the United States Fed Cup team in their semifinal against Russia.[7]

In her early career, Riske was coached by Janice Irwin, coach of the girls' tennis team at nearby Upper St. Clair High School.[8] She later began working with Yves Boulais, the husband of former professional Patricia Hy-Boulais, alongside her sister, Sarah. She briefly trained at the USTA training center in Boca Raton, Florida as well as Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She returned to training with Yves Boulais at the end of 2012 and currently trains with him at the JTCC Tennis Academy in College Park, Maryland.

Professional career[edit]

2009–11[edit]

Alison Riske in action during the 2010 Bank of the West Classic.

Riske came into 2009 ranked 895 in the world.[9] A senior in the class of 2009, she had signed a letter of intent to play college tennis at Vanderbilt University.[6]

In May, 2009, Riske began a run on the ITF Women's circuit. As a qualifier, she reached the semifinals of a pro tournament in Indian Harbour Beach. In June she reached the finals of a tournament in Hilton Head, and again as a qualifier reached the semifinals of a tournament in Boston. Her form continued as she reached another semifinal, this time in Atlanta.

By the time of the US Open, Riske's ranking had improved to 344, over 500 places from when she started the year. She was granted a wildcard into the qualifying tournament of the US Open, but fell in three sets to Yulia Fedossova. Before the US Open, Riske made the decision to give up her scholarship to Vanderbilt and turn professional largely in part due to her breakthrough year.[10] Riske continued her form to the end of the year where she broke through at an ITF tournament in Troy, Alabama. Again as a qualifier, she defeated compatriot Christina McHale to take the title there.

She finished the year ranked at No. 232.[9]

Riske began 2010, her first full season as a professional, by reaching the semifinals of an ITF event in Rancho Mirage. She played in several qualifying tournaments for WTA events with little success until June, when she qualified for the Aegon Classic, a grass court event, and went on to have her professional breakthrough, earning wins over Aleksandra Wozniak, Anna Chakvetadze and Yanina Wickmayer before losing in three sets to Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. This led to her being offered a main draw wildcard to Wimbledon,[3] her Grand Slam debut, where she lost in a rematch against Wickmayer in the first round.

In October 2010, Riske completed an impressive run of winning an ITF 75k, 50K and 50K in three straight weeks.

In 2011, Riske reached the finals of 50k in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. A few weeks later she had success on grass reaching the semis of Nottingham and quarter finals of a WTA event Aegon Classic. Riske completed 2011 with a successful run in Europe winning a 50k in Joué-lès-Tours and Limoges and finishing the year ranked 136.

2013[edit]

At the 2013 US Open, Riske caused a big upset when she defeated former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the third round, losing just three games in the process and none in the second.[11] She subsequently lost in the following round to former world number five Daniela Hantuchová.

2014[edit]

Riske reached the quarter-finals at the 2014 Hobart International, beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Casey Dellacqua. In the 2014 Australian Open, Riske upset #23 seed Elena Vesnina, and made it to the third round before losing to #9 seed Angelique Kerber. At the WTA Premier Birmingham, she reached the third round after beating Lyudmyla Kichenok in the first round and her twin sister Nadiia Kichenok in the second round.

Career statistics[edit]

ITF Circuit singles finals: 10 (6–4)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. June 1, 2009 Hilton Head, United States Hard United States Alexandra Mueller 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 1. October 5, 2009 Troy, United States Hard United States Christina McHale 6–4, 2–6, 7–5
Runner–up 2. September 20, 2010 Saguenay, Canada Hard Canada Rebecca Marino 4–6, 7–6(4), 6–7(5)
Winner 2. October 4, 2010 Barnstaple, Great Britain Hard Sweden Johanna Larsson 6–2, 6–0
Winner 3. October 11, 2010 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard Russia Vesna Manasieva 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 4. October 18, 2010 Saint Raphaël, France Hard Poland Urszula Radwańska 6–4, 6–2
Runner–up 3. May 8, 2011 Indian Harbour Beach, United States Clay Hungary Melinda Czink 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 5. October 16, 2011 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova 2–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 6. November 6, 2011 Nantes, France Hard France Iryna Brémond 6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 4. July 21, 2013 Portland, United States Hard Japan Kurumi Nara 3-6 6-3 3-6

ITF Circuit doubles finals: 4 (1–3)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. June 1, 2009 Hilton Head, United States Hard United States Jacqueline Cako United States Natalie Pluskota
United States Caitlin Whoriskey
6–3, 3–6, 10–6
Runner–up 1. July 20, 2009 Lexington, United States Hard United States Jacqueline Cako Taiwan Chang Kai-chen
Ukraine Tetiana Luzhanska
3–6, 2–6
Runner–up 2. February 13, 2011 Midland, United States Hard United States Irina Falconi United States Jamie Hampton
Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili
Walkover
Runner–up 3. April 24, 2011 Dothan, United States Clay Canada Heidi El Tabakh Russia Valeria Solovieva
Slovakia Lenka Wienerová
3–6, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R Q3 3R 2–3
French Open A A A Q1 A Q1 Q1 2R 1–1
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R Q2 3R 3R 4–4
US Open Q2 A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 4R 1R 3–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–1 5–2 5–4 10–11

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 3R 2–1
French Open 3R 2–1
Wimbledon 2R 1–1
US Open 1R 2R 1–2
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 1–1 5–3 6–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Local Girl at US Open". Peters Township Magazine. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Alison Riske interview". collegeandjuniortennis.com. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b c "Getting To Know... Alison Riske". Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Sarah Riske". Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  5. ^ a b Adamski, Chris (2008-11-23). "Washington Sunday: Peters' Riske chooses Vanderbilt". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Riske Signs NLI with Vanderbilt". Vanderbilt Athletics. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Peters Township's tennis star weighing future options". Pittsburgh Live. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  8. ^ Brink, Bill (2010-06-16). "Peters Township's Riske ready to tackle Wimbledon". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  9. ^ a b "Alison Riske". Women's Tennis Association(WTA). Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  10. ^ Adamski, Chris (2009-09-03). "Turning pro is a Riske business". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  11. ^ 2013 US Open – Young Americans Alison Riske and Christina McHale showcase talent at US Open, ESPN, 31 August 2013

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