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Riske rallies to advance at Stanford tennis

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Alison Riske had to rally twice in the Standford match against the eighth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko
Alison Riske had to rally twice in the Standford match against the eighth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko

Alison Riske overcame some third-set jitters to beat Varvara Lepchenko 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) and advance to the second round at the WTA’s Stanford tournament.

Riske had to rally twice in the match against the eighth-seeded Lepchenko, dropping the first set and then letting a 4-2 lead slip away in the third before winning it in a tie-breaker.

She jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the tie-breaker before clinching the all-American encounter after two hours and five minutes.

Riske, ranked 78th in the world, improved to 11-12 on the year. She next plays Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan.

Riske now has a 3-2 edge over Lepchenko in career meetings, having won the last three after dropping the first two matches.

She is trying to improve on her quarter-final showing in her debut in this event last year.

Riske reached the final in her first tournament of 2016 in Shenzhen, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska. But she struggled to find her form since, losing in the first round of the Australian Open and at Indian Wells.

In other matches Tuesday, Poland’s Magda Linette beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova 2-6, 6-2, 7-5; American wildcard Julia Boserup beat Japan’s Naomi Osaka 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Urszula Radwanska of Poland toppled Kateryna Bondarenko 6-4, 7-5.

Boserup, who reached the third round of Wimbledon this year in her Grand Slam debut, managed to win Tuesday despite making eight double faults and posting just one ace.

Osaka blasted seven aces and had two double faults in the two hour, nine minute match.

Boserup will square off against third seed Johanna Konta in the second round.

Source by: AFP

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