Tennis: Riske Rallies To Advance At Stanford
Muhammad Rameez 4 years ago Wed 20th July 2016 | 11:20 AM
SAN FRANCISCO,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th july,2016) - 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 Tuesday at the WTA Tour'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 in a tie-breaker.
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.
But she struggled to find her form since, losing in the first round of the Australian Open and at Indian Wells. In the night session 17-year-old American Catherine Bellis posted her first main draw win of the season outlasting fellow teen Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Bellis, who burst onto the scene in 2014 when she became the youngest at age 15 to win a main draw match at the US Open, benefitted from the sixth seeded Ostapenko's nine double faults.