Riske Wins Thriller To Attain ColemanVision Semi-Finals »Albuquerque Journal

Alison Riske had anything but an easy path to the semifinals of the ColemanVision Tennis Championships.

But as expected, the top seed and top player of the tournament survived the weekend of the $ 75,000 event after an exciting 6: 4, 1: 6, 6: 3 quarter-final win over CoCo Vandeweghe at the Tanoan Country Club on Friday.

“Everyone out here is really good,” said Riske, the 23-year-old from Pittsburgh. “You have to be ready to fight every day.”

The game on Friday for Riske, who advanced to the fourth round of the US Open three weeks ago with a dominating victory over the No. 1 at the time. 7 Petra Kvitova was as entertaining as the tournament watchers saw all week.

Both players were loud – Riske, with loud grunts after every shot and many encouraging words between the points. In the meantime, Vandeweghe said a lot to himself, to referees, or simply shouted “Sugar!” or “Come on, CoCo!” when a shot is missing.

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“CoCo is a great player,” said Riske. “I’ve played it several times and it has one of the best serves on tour. It is always a challenge to face a player who does such good service. …

“She’s so entertaining and I know her out of court. She is such a nice girl. I actually giggled there a couple of times when she said, “Sugar!” or other things. “

Riske, who plans to head to Europe in October, is hoping more wins this weekend will add to her breakthrough season. Their national ranking has risen by more than 100 places to 59th place in the last few months.

“Every tournament is an opportunity – every game is an opportunity,” said Riske. “Then there are four more tournaments left. The sky is the limit.”

However, all was not lost for Vandeweghe. In the last game of the day, she and her partner Eleni Daniilidou, who was ranked 3rd in doubles, defeated number 2 in doubles, Asia Muhammad and Allie Will, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final on Sunday .

Muhammad had won the double title with various partners in Albuquerque over the past two years.

OTHER GAMES: In the quarterfinals of other singles, Chieg-Yu Hsu beat the regular ColemanVision-Petra Rampre 7: 5 and 6: 0.

The 33-year-old Rampre from Slovenia first played in Albuquerque when it was a $ 50,000 tournament in 1998. Rampre is now the oldest player in this year’s draw, and a regular at the tournament since 2003 has no plans to change that.

“It’s always a good tournament that I enjoy playing,” she said.

Number 8 Shelby Rogers defeated 18-year-old Sachia Vickery 6-4, 6-4 and will play against Hsu in today’s semifinals.

Riske will face Anna Tatishvili on Thursday, a 6-2, 6-2 winner against Kristina Barrois.

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