Riske US Open Third Round Primer

riske-wild-cardJunior Tennis Champions Center’s Alison Riske breezed into the third round of the US Open after a sound defeat of No. 28 Mona Barthel on Thursday.  Riske will battle her second seeded foe in 2011 Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova today on Court 17 (match time is 11:00 AM).  If Riske advances to the fourth round, it will mark her first appearance in the round of 16 in a Grand Slam.

Third Round:  Alison Riske v. No. 7 Petra Kvitova

Tale of the Tape

Alison Riske

 

Petra Kvitova

23

Age

23

5′ 9″

Height

6′

145 lbs.

Weight

154 lbs.

Right-handed

Plays

Left-handed

95

Ranking

10

$470,710

Career Prize Money

$10,410,981

Year-To-Date Percentages

Alison Riske

 

Petra Kvitova

 N/A

First Serve Percentage

62%

 N/A

Break Points Saved

60%

 N/A

Service Games Won

69%

 N/A

First Serve Return Points Won

37%

 N/A

Second Serve Return Pnts. Won

57%

 N/A

Break Points Converted

48%


Previous Meetings

The two battled in the New Haven Open this month. Kvitova edged Riske in the round of 16, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3.

Road to the Third Round

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

Kvitova: Defeated Masaki Doi, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; Defeated Bojana Jovanovski, 6-4, 6-2.

Riske Second Round Post-Match Quotes:

“I’m definitely excited. I mean, being in the clouds, I’m not really in the clouds because, I mean, I only won a couple matches. Obviously, you know, I came here to do more than that. It’s definitely exciting. I’m looking forward to being here for another day. ”

“That’s probably the worst thing I could think, you know, is that it’s a good draw. There’s no good draw. You can draw a wild card, and those players are just as good as everyone else. You really cannot think like that. I just have to focus on, you know, my game.”

“I think this is the first year I’ve really felt comfortable at the US Open. It’s been pretty overwhelming before for me. I think now I just feel really comfortable. I feel great with my game. I just feel good with where I’m at. I feel like I matured a lot. I’m just really enjoying it. I think the electricity surrounding the Open is not comparable. Yeah, the fans are amazing. I mean, I think I heard my name like a hundred times today, so it was pretty cool.”