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American Alison Riske Reaches 1st WTA Tour Semifinal

Alison Riske serves it up with her Wilson Tour BLX tennis racket

 

American Alison Riske Reaches 1st WTA Tour Semifinal

Alison Riske swung her Wilson Tour BLX tennis racket to victory as she pulled the upset of the tournament defeating #3 seed Wickmayer 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 and reach her first WTA Tour semifinal in Birmingham, England.

 “To have my best result leading into Wimby, is incredible…between playing on grass, my favorite surface and playing with my new Tour BLX racket, I am feeling amazing!” exclaimed Riske.

Riske, who is known for her flat, penetrating groundstrokes, has made an incredible run at the AEGON Championships in Birmingham.

It is a tournament of firsts for the 19 yr old Riske, as she qualified into the 2010 AEGON Classic in Birmingham and defeated Top 100 player Zahlavova to mark her first WTA Tour career victory, then backed up her first win with an impressive 6-2, 6-4 defeat over World No.50 Wozniak for her first win over a Top 50 player and defeated former Top 10 player Anna Chakvetadze to reach her first WTA Tour quarterfinals. Today marked her first win over a Top 20 player with her defeat over Wickmayer.

“Alison is a terrific competitor and this is great for American tennis,” said Wilson Tour Manager Americas Adam Schaechterle. “We look forward to seeing what she does next.”

Alison Riske Feeling Good as she reaches her 1st WTA Tour Quarterfinal

Alison Riske plays with the Wilson Tour BLX tennis racket

Alison Riske Feeling Good as she reaches her 1st WTA Tour Quarterfinal

American Alison Riske is having her breakout tournament with her new Wilson Tour BLX tennis racket as she defeated former Top 10 player Anna Chakvetadze to reach her first WTA Tour quarterfinal in Birmingham, England.

“I’m feeling great!” exclaimed Riske. “I love my BLX racket and I want to keep this win streak going.”

It is a tournament of firsts for the 19 yr old Riske, as she qualified into the 2010 AEGON Classic in Birmingham and defeated Top 100 player Zahlavova to mark her first WTA Tour career victory and then backed up her first win with an impressive 6-2, 6-4 defeat over World No.50 Wozniak for her first win over a Top 50 player. She will now take on Wickmayer in the quarterfinals.

“It’s been a terrific week thus far and is giving me the confidence I want going into Wimbledon,” said Riske.

In 2009, Riske began a run on the ITF Pro Circuit. As a qualifier, she reached the semifinals of a challenger in Indian Harbour Beach, followed it with a finals showing in Hilton Head and again as a qualifier, she reached the semifinals of two challenger events, Boston and Atlanta. Most recently, Riske reached the quarterfinals of the ITF Pro Circuit event in Nottingham to reach a current career high #185 on the WTA Tour.

“Clearly, grass is her surface,” said Wilson Tour Manager Americas, Adam Schaechterle. “It’s great to see Alison have a fantastic result and we look forward to watching her continue to fight her way up.”