ALISON RISKE turned pro in 2009 at the age of nineteen and ranked 895th in the world. From May of that year, she literally ran through the ITF Women’s Circuit and by the time she reached the U.S. Open that year her rank had improved to 344th, moving more than 500 places. She ended the year ranked 232nd.
The next two years showed Alison having impressive wins in major ITF tournaments and she completed 2011 with a successful run in Europe and finished the year ranked 136th. At the 2013 U.S. Open, Alison caused a big upset when she defeated former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the third round, losing just three games in the process and none in the second. She subsequently lost in the following round to former world number five Daniela Hantuchová.
In the 2014 Australian Open, Alison upset #23 seed Elena Vesnina, and made it to the third round before losing to #9 seed Angelique Kerber. At the 2014 Wimbledon Championship, she was one of only two American women (along with Madison Keys) to reach the third round. Alison’s current ranking is 46th but look for that to improve further after the 2014 U.S. Open!