Americans Doing Damage At Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, Great Britain More Seeds Fell [4] Kiki Bertens (NED) succumbed to the pressure of expectation and lost to [54] Barbora Strycova (CZE). Strycova is no stranger to grass, in fact, she had her best major showing at Wimbledon (2014 quarterfinalist). After a competitive first set, Strycova took control of the match in set two,…

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Americans On Day 1 At Roland Garros

ROLAND GARROS, FRANCE Rain delayed the action on day one and then play was suspended due to darkness.  However, before the delay two Americans got ousted. Alison Riske lost to [132] Viktorija Golubic (SUI) in three sets.  Riske seemed to have righted the ship when she won the second set 6-1 but she could not…

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Notable Changes In Ranking

WEEK: 01.11.2016 Alison Riske was on a mission to improve her ranking  in 2016.  She wanted to start the season on a more positive note than she ended the 2015 season.  She did just that by getting to the Shenzhen Final, her first tournament of the season.  Her reward, a rise in her ranking position by 23 spots. Hopefully Riske will…

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The joy of victory and the agony of defeat

Tianjin Open, China Women’s Final:  [CR35] Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. [CR62] Alison Riske (USA) Riske finally won her first WTA Tour title and there were tears of joy.  Bencic may have shed a few tears a couple of times in the match, but they were tears of frustration, not joy, with her game.  Though she had moments of brilliant play, there were far…

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Losing a match you should have won

Tianjin Open, China It is sometimes harder to relax when you know that you should win.  There is a mixture of excitement at the prospect of an easy victory, while at the same time, dread at the possibility of losing.  At this level, any player is a threat and losing a match is always possible. The prospect of an upset victory can…

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