Riske US Open Fourth Round Primer

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Alison Riske of USA returns a shot in her Semi Final match against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during the AEGON Classic Tennis Tournament at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 15, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

JTCC’s Alison Riske will play in her first Grand Slam Sweet 16 today

In the upset of the tournament, wildcard and Junior Tennis Champions Center player  Alison Riske upended No. 7 Petra Kvitova last Saturday.  Riske is the lone remaining wildcard on the women’s side.  She will play in her first Grand Slam Sweet 16 match today against Daniela Hantuchova under the limelight of Arthur Ashe Stadium.  They are the first scheduled match and play is set for 11:00 AM.

Fourth Round:  Alison Riske v. Daniela Hantuchova

Tale of the Tape

Alison Riske

 

Daniela Hantuchova

23

Age

30

5′ 9″

Height

5′ 11″

145 lbs.

Weight

137 lbs.

Right-handed

Plays

Right-handed

81

Ranking

48

$470,710

Career Prize Money

$8,909,688

Year-To-Date Percentages

Alison Riske

 

Daniela Hantuchova

 N/A

First Serve Percentage

63%

 N/A

Break Points Saved

54%

 N/A

Service Games Won

66%

 N/A

First Serve Return Points Won

36%

 N/A

Second Serve Return Pnts. Won

52%

 N/A

Break Points Converted

44%


Previous Meetings

Riske and Hantuchova are familiar foes on grass courts.  Hantuchova has defeated Riske in two previous meetings in the Wimbledon tune-up tournament in Birmingham.  In their last encounter (2013 Birmingham), they went the distance with Hantuchova edging Riske 6-4 in the third set.

Road to the Sweet 16

Riske: Defeated Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-3, 6-3; Defeated No. 28 Mona Barthel, 6-4, 6-2; Defeated Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-0.

Hantuchova: Defeated Maria Sanchez, 7-5, 6-2; Defeated Victoria Duval, 6-2, 6-3; Defeated Julia Glushko, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-4).

The Road Ahead

The winner will face either No. 2 Victoria Azarenka or No. 13 Ana Ivanovic in the Quarterfinals.

Riske Third Round Post-Match Quotes:

QUESTION: How does it feel to be in the bigger interview rooms?
RISKE:  Oh, it’s really cool.  It’s really neat.  It’s nice that there are more than two people (laughter).

QUESTION:  You were emotional on the court.  Can you try to relive the feelings you had on the court right after.
RISKE:  It was really emotional for me.  It’s just really cool because I feel like I’m playing within myself.  I’m not doing anything crazy. It just feels really comfortable.  It’s exciting.

QUESTION:  She seemed to unravel a bit at the end.  Called the trainer.  They took her blood pressure.  Did you have a sense of what was going on at that point?
RISKE:  No, I have no idea.  I don’t really mind to know.

For her full post-match interview, click here.

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