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treufreund
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Where is she from in the States? Any pics or information on her?

Ferg
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Shes a tennis player I hear.

Uranium
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:02 PM
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=Alison+Riske&aq=f&aqi=g-s1g2&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=CKl39fa8TTMK8C4KGzQSgvpjoBgAAAKoEBU_Q8fIX

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:03 PM
She plays like Wozniacki on an off day.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:05 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Riske


Alison Riske (born July 3, 1990) is a professional American tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking is 185, which she reached on June 7, 2010. Her career high in doubles is 401, which she reached on September 21, 2009.

Early life and career


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

Educated at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, she played the fall of 2006 for Peter Township High School, where she led the girls' tennis team to the Pennsylvania State championship, and won the championship in singles. 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 CÓrstea before losing to Julie Ditty. She also won the ITA Summer Claycourt Championship and finished second at the USTA National Hardcourts that year. She later earned the No. 1 ranking in her country in Girls 18s competiton. She got her first taste of the professional circuit later in 2008, when she served as a hitting partner for the United States Fed Cup team in their semifinal against Russia.

2009

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

Riske dabbled in a few pro tournaments with small success until May. Finding impressive form, 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. Riske continued her form to the end of the year where she broke through in her first professional tournament in Troy, Alabama. Again as a qualifier she made another impressive run to claim the title over compatriot Christina McHale.

She finished the year ranked at No. 232.

2010

Riske begun 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 2010 AEGON Classic, a grass court event. She then earned her first victory in the main draw of a WTA tournament by beating Sandra ZŠhlavovŠ, before beating Aleksandra Wozniak and Anna Chakvetadze to reach the quarterfinals. There, she surprised World No. 16 Yanina Wickmayer in three sets. She lost to former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova 2–6, 6–4, 1–6 in the semifinals.

SymphonyX
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:06 PM
Wow. She looks like a combination of Elena Dementieva and Victoria Azarenka, look-wise of course.

Does she like taking risks on-court?

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:08 PM
She plays like Wozniacki on an off day.

So she plays lik a top 5 player :eek::worship::p

Jorn
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:11 PM
I'm not sure Caroline will beat Wickmayer on a off day... ;)

Riske was impressive in yesterdays win.

treufreund
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the info!

SymphonyX
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:16 PM
So she plays lik a top 5 player :eek::worship::p

The rest of the Top 10 owns Caroline's ass. :lick: Heck Henin, Sharapova and Clijsters aren't even in the top 10 and they'll massacre her.

goldenlox
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:21 PM
Caro does well against Flavia 3-0, and beat Elena twice, does well against Aga.

LoLex
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:24 PM
Is she a pusher or what? I haven't seen her Birmingham matches.

madmax
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Is she a pusher or what? I haven't seen her Birmingham matches.

she's not a pusher at all...actually she loves coming into the net and has a nice touch on her volleys. Not to mention she has solid serve and her game works very well on grass

Szavay #1
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:33 PM
beating nina and taking a set off masha was huge for ali. :D

Renalicious
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:37 PM
Looking forward to see this girl play. Hopefully she does some damage at Wimbledon.

snowfox
Jun 12th, 2010, 06:26 PM
i was really impressed with her volleying today. very impressive. also thought she defended well and hung in well on most of the long rallies.

tonybotz
Jun 12th, 2010, 06:28 PM
wow, i was just wondering who the hell this girl is! i thought she was european. great to see a young american make some waves. i'm just already cringing over how many "risky" jokes Mary Carillo is going to make when she commentates on her matches.

shirgan
Jun 12th, 2010, 06:43 PM
in an interview this week she said these past few weeks have been her first time playing in Europe and her first time playing on grass

hurricanejeanne
Jun 12th, 2010, 06:56 PM
wow, i was just wondering who the hell this girl is! i thought she was european. great to see a young american make some waves. i'm just already cringing over how many "risky" jokes Mary Carillo is going to make when she commentates on her matches.

I know! :tape:

I'm interested in seeing her play now, sounds like she's a bit of a throw back player (huge serve and good volleys.)

Corswandt
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:28 PM
Is she a pusher or what?

Kinda.

Amalgamate
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:48 PM
Kinda.

:spit: Alison is not a pusher.

Sp!ffy
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:49 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=389978&page=90

Someone uploaded her match against Masha if you guys wanna see....
I wouldnt say her serve is very huge but its very effective on grass...she has nice placement.
She's not really a pusher but she gets a lot of balls back and deep. Her game kinda reminds me of Elena's...

sammy01
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:50 PM
:spit: Alison is not a pusher.

she is at times, when her serve sets her up she isn't but when rallying neutral rallies from the back shes pretty happy to just keep the ball deep and run for the most part.

A-Bond
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:55 PM
Caro does well against Flavia 3-0, and beat Elena twice, does well against Aga.

Yay very impressive for World Number 3, even former Number 2... Flavia and Aga...:worship:

supergrunt
Jun 12th, 2010, 08:00 PM
She is on youtube...well the match is.

MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:47 PM
She has funky looking strokes...I hope someone helps her out with that.

Very Kleybanova-esque

stangtennis
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:10 PM
The rest of the Top 10 owns Caroline's ass. :lick: Heck Henin, Sharapova and Clijsters aren't even in the top 10 and they'll massacre her.
Check the rankings again, Clijsters is ranked #9
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/RankingsSingles/0,,12781~0~1~100,00.html

stangtennis
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:12 PM
She plays like Wozniacki on an off day.
Wozniacki was born just 8 days after Riske, it must have been in the stars.

Kevin.
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Alison lives in South Carolina I believe and was signed up to play the 10ks there :lol:

Vaxey
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:47 PM
Alison is very young American player. She often play in ITFs. I watch for her results since January this year. ;)

She's not a pusher! She say in Paris that she want to play like Hingis :D

Corswandt
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:10 AM
She say in Paris that she want to play like Hingis :D

Everyone says that.

stangtennis
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:39 AM
Alison is very young American player.
Not that young, she turns 20 three weeks from now, so she's more than a year older than the believer Oudin and a week older than Wozniacki.

Pops Maellard
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:49 AM
She's a girl who looks like her strokes were taught in prison.

simonsaystennis
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:17 AM
Alison lives in South Carolina I believe and was signed up to play the 10ks there :lol:

Yep! She trained at an academy there. I can't remember the name. I want to say it was Van Der something if that rings any bells!

And anyone who says she is a pusher hasn't watched her play. :o

Bruno71
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:34 AM
Alison is very young American player. She often play in ITFs. I watch for her results since January this year. ;)

She's not a pusher! She say in Paris that she want to play like Hingis :D


So she's not a pusher but she wants to play like one :confused:

Polikarpov
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:44 AM
So she's not a pusher but she wants to play like one :confused:

O RLY?

Carotastrophe
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:12 AM
Alison love going to the net, has a quite impressive serve, and quite a good attitude.

Szavay #1
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:05 AM
Yep! She trained at an academy there. I can't remember the name. I want to say it was Van Der something if that rings any bells!

And anyone who says she is a pusher hasn't watched her play. :o

van der meer. it's in hilton head.