Alison Riske Turns Pro
NEW AMERICAN TENNIS SWEETHEART ALISON RISKE TURNS PRO
HILTON HEAD, SC August 15, 2009. Ranked among the top 25 Americans in the world, 19 year old Alison Riske has decided to forgo her amateur status on the professional tennis tour and turn pro. Riske was set to attend Vanderbilt University on a full tennis scholarship this fall but turned it down in order to continue her success on tour.
Riske first showed promise on the professional tour at 17 years old after she won a round at the US Open qualifying beating Sorana Cirstea of Romania, currently ranked 24 in the world.
Over the last few months Riske competed on the ITF and WTA tennis circuits and moved her world ranking quicky from 895 to a high of 334 on July 27, 2009. Since May, Riske has placed second in one tour event and made the semifinals of 3 others. In doubles, Riske has also proven successful winning one tour title and making it to another finals.
Riske, from Pittsburgh, PA currently trains in Hilton Head, SC.
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Hilton Head, SC $10,000, the semifinals of Indian Harbour Beach, FL $50,000, $50k Boston, MA, and Atlanta, GA $10k. In doubles, Riske won the Hilton Head, SC $10k, made the finals of Lexington, KY $50k, and the semifinals of $25,000 August, GA.