Pittsburgh native Alison Riske, No. 49 in the world, is making the Steel City proud winning both the Surbiton Trophy Tournament and the Libema Open back to back.
Alison glided through the Surbiton Trophy Tournament with relative ease, only dropping one set before advancing to the finals. The first set of the final was a tight one, and Riske lost in a tiebreaker. The 28-year-old then bounced back, winning the final two sets to emerge with the victory.
The Libema Open was a bit of a different story for Riske. She dropped two sets before advancing to the final. Things were looking bleak for Riske in the first set of the final, as she was defeated by Kiki Bertens 6-0. Things drastically changed in the second and third sets though, with Riske winning 7-6, 7-5.
Riske has been competing professionally for 10 years, finding successful runs in singles and doubles throughout her career. A career highlight was advancing to the fourth round in the US Open for singles in 2013 and advancing to the semi-finals in the Australian Open for doubles this year. Riske has also won a number of ITF titles.
Riske has also become known for giving back to her hometown of Pittsburgh at various events.
The Surbiton Trophy Tournament is a week-long event located in Surbiton, England. The Surbiton is part of the ATP Challenger Tour and the ITF Women’s Circuit. The Libema Open is also a week-long tournament, located in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. The Libema Open is part of the ATP tour and is a WTA tournament. Both The Surbiton Trophy Tournament and the Libema Open allow players to compete on grass and prepare for grand slams, especially Wimbledon, which takes place in early July.
For full Surbiton Open tournament results, click here.
For full Libema Open tournament results, click here.