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Alison Riske (born July 3, 1990) is an American professional tennis player. She has won one WTA title, six singles and one doubles title on the ITF tour. She reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2014, the third round at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2014 and the fourth round of the US Open in 2013. She reached her career high singles ranking of world number 36 on May 15, 2017 and she won her first WTA tour title on October 12, 2014, when she won the Tianjin Open.

Alison Riske
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Riske at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAtlanta, United States
Born (1990-07-03) July 3, 1990 (age 28)
Pittsburgh, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachYves Boulais
Billy Heiser[1]
Prize moneyUS$3,172,601
Career record335–264 (55.93%)
Career titles1 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 36 (15 May 2017)
Current rankingNo. 48 (7 January 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2014, 2017)
French Open2R (2014)
Wimbledon3R (2013, 2014, 2017)
US Open4R (2013)
Career record66–102
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 78 (October 20, 2014)
Current rankingNo. 310 (January 7, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2019)
French Open3R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open2R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup0–2
Last updated on: 7 May 2018.


Early life and careerEdit

The daughter of Al and Carol Riske,[2] she first played tennis at the age of 3 years old after her dad took her out to hit.[3] 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.[4] Her sister, Sarah, is also a tennis player who played for Vanderbilt and had a brief professional career,[3] reaching as high as No. 372.[5] Her brother, Dan, played college tennis for West Liberty State,[6] and is now an accountant.[4]

Educated by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School,[6] 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.[2] 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.[7] 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.[8]

In her early career, Riske was coached by Janice Irwin, coach of the girls' tennis team at nearby Upper St. Clair High School.[9] 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 trained with Yves Boulais at the end of 2012.

Professional careerEdit

2009–11: Early careerEdit

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

Riske came into 2009 ranked 895 in the world.[10] A senior in the class of 2009, she had signed a letter of intent to play college tennis at Vanderbilt University.[7]

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.[11] 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.[10]

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,[4] 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: Breakthrough year, 4th round appearance at US OpenEdit

At the 2013 US Open, Riske caused a big upset when she defeated former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the third round.[12] She lost in the following round to former world number five Daniela Hantuchová.

2014: Cracking the Top 50 and first WTA titleEdit

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.

At the inaugural Tianjin Open in October, Riske was seeded sixth and defeated Çağla Büyükakçay, Olga Govortsova, Varvara Lepchenko and Zheng Saisai en route to the final, without dropping a set. She proceeded to win her maiden WTA title, defeating 17-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic. After the match, Riske said: "It's a huge accomplishment for me to win my first WTA title and I was here [in China] by myself, which made it even more special, just to know that I was able to do it by myself. I hope I can keep up the momentum and try to compete every week as best as I can."[13][14][15]

2016: Three WTA FinalsEdit

Riske reached the finals of the Shenzhen Open in January before losing in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwańska.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (1 title, 6 runners-up)Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2014 Tianjin Open, China International Hard   Belinda Bencic 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Jan 2016 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard   Agnieszka Radwańska 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Jun 2016 Nottingham Open, UK International Grass   Karolína Plíšková 6–7(8–10), 5–7
Loss 1–3 Oct 2016 Tianjin Open, China International Hard   Peng Shuai 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Loss 1–4 Jan 2017 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard   Kateřina Siniaková 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–5 May 2018 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay   Johanna Larsson 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Loss 1–6 Jan 2019 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard   Aryna Sabalenka 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 3–6

Other finalsEdit

ITF Circuit singles finals: 12 (8–4)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   Alexandra Mueller 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 1. October 5, 2009 Troy, United States Hard   Christina McHale 6–4, 2–6, 7–5
Runner–up 2. September 20, 2010 Saguenay, Canada Hard   Rebecca Marino 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7)
Winner 2. October 4, 2010 Barnstaple, Great Britain Hard   Johanna Larsson 6–2, 6–0
Winner 3. October 11, 2010 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard   Vesna Manasieva 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 4. October 18, 2010 Saint Raphaël, France Hard   Urszula Radwańska 6–4, 6–2
Runner–up 3. May 8, 2011 Indian Harbour Beach, United States Clay   Melinda Czink 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 5. October 16, 2011 Joué-lès-Tours, France Hard   Akgul Amanmuradova 2–6, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 6. November 6, 2011 Nantes, France Hard   Iryna Brémond 6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 4. July 21, 2013 Portland, United States Hard   Kurumi Nara 3–6 6–3 3–6
Winner 7. June 4, 2016 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass   Tara Moore 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Winner 8. June 10, 2018 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass   Conny Perrin 6–2, 6–2

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   Jacqueline Cako   Natalie Pluskota
  Caitlin Whoriskey
6–3, 3–6, [10–6]
Runner–up 1. July 20, 2009 Lexington, United States Hard   Jacqueline Cako   Chang Kai-chen
  Tetiana Luzhanska
3–6, 2–6
Runner–up 2. February 13, 2011 Midland, United States Hard   Irina Falconi   Jamie Hampton
  Anna Tatishvili
Runner–up 3. April 24, 2011 Dothan, United States Clay   Heidi El Tabakh   Valeria Solovieva
  Lenka Wienerová
3–6, 4–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R Q3 3R 1R 1R 3R 1R 4–7
French Open A A A Q1 A Q1 Q1 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1–5
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R Q2 3R 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R 7–8
US Open Q2 A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–1 5–2 5–4 0–4 0–4 4–4 1–4 15–27

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Current through 2015 US Open.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 3R 1R 2–2
French Open 3R 1R 2–2
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1–2
US Open 1R 2R 2R 1R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 1–1 5–4 0-4 7–10

Wins over Top 10 playersEdit

Season 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Wins 1 0 1 1 1 1 5
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1.   Petra Kvitová No. 10 US Open, USA Hard 3rd Round 6–3, 6–0
2.   Carla Suárez Navarro No. 10 Stanford, USA Hard 2nd Round 6–4, 6–4
3.   Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 8 Tianjin, China Hard Semifinals 6–4, 5–7, 6–4
4.   Agnieszka Radwańska No. 3 Shenzhen, China Hard Quarterfinals 6–2, 3–6, 6–0
5.   Caroline Garcia No. 7 Miami, USA Hard 2nd Round 6–3, 6–1


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  8. ^ "Peters Township's tennis star weighing future options". Pittsburgh Live. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
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