Alison!!!!!! Welcome back to Asia girl! All married, carrying this new found mental approach. So exciting to see her enter this new stage of her career, in a better place.
The other girl losing is just the cherry on top
Alison Riske has had such a great season, and Kerber the opposite. This ones gonna hurt for her but the best fight Iíve seen from her in a long while.
This match sorta highlights why I love tournaments like this. One of these 1st round matchups where you know youíre gonna get good tennis, even if one hasnít won a match since July 2nd.
The crowd was proper into it too, cheering for both sides of the court which is refreshing after two weeks of Serena at the US Open.
Apart from that, Paul Hand is annoying and talks too much.
This was such a fun match! What a dogfight. One of Kerberís best(?) or at least most aggressive matches of the year? I certainly enjoyed watching her in this one more than I have in other recent matches where she seems uninterested and just mid-paced defending.
It was kind of humorous too, with the huge grunting and both coming up with absurd winners to break each other (Ali had 50 overall). They kind of play similar games, have similar shrieks, and they were both so loud and fired up. Initially I don't think Kerber even cared to try and compete this hard until Riske's noise and winners got in her grill. So feisty from both, in a good and sporting way.
Riskeís BHDTL has been the best on the tour this season, and on grass or in Asia she continues to be a lot more clutch than she used to be. Deserving win.
Poor Angie Losing streak continues, but she fought really hard, so still an improvement. She even had a MP and won more points!
Riske peaking in China NID. 50/49 stats for her. She's been so clutch these days, ever since 's-Hertogenbosch. What an improvement in her mental strength, compared to earlier where she was losing finals left and right.
TT Singles: 2014 SF: Bogota, New Braunfels. 2013 F: Las Vegas, SF: Orlando, Sibenik.
TT Doubles: 2014 W: Trnava w PinkTape. 2013 W: St Martin, Orlando, Sibenik, Charlottesville, Nantes-YEC all w Soliloque; Lexington w DJDVD.
Saw this coming from a mile away when I saw the draw. I didn't expect it to be this close though with the way both have been playing over the past few months. Glad to read that Angie seemed to show some fight in this one and played reasonably well.