Ana vs Riske

Ana vs Riske

Ana takes on world No.44 Alison Riske in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

It will be the second meeting between the pair: Ana triumphed 7-5, 7-6 in Auckland on 31 December, 2013, en route to winning the title.

24-year-old Riske, like Ana, reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year. In fact, the two could have faced each other in the quarter-finals.

Riske upset 13th-ranked Italian Flavia Pennetta in New Haven last week, on her way to the quarter-finals, which represents her best tournament finish this year.

The American, who reached a career-high ranking of 40 in June this year, has not won three matches in a row at WTA level since last year’s U.S. Open.

“It’s been a good summer for me so far,” said Ana, who is currently enjoying her highest ranking (9th) since May 2009, and her highest seeding (8th) at a Grand Slam since the 2009 French Open.

“Cincinnati was a very good tournament for me and I feel like I’m on the right path.

“Unfortunately the U.S. Open has always been the most difficult Grand Slam for me, but I hope to change that this year.”

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