(August 31, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – American wild card, Pittsburgh native Alison Riske demolished 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-0 to reach the round of 16 at a major for the first time.
The world No. 81 Riske, who is 23, won the last eight games against the seventh-seeded Kvitova for her first win over a top ten player.
“It was really emotional for me,” said Riske of the win. “It’s just really cool because I feel like I’m playing within myself. I’m not doing anything crazy. It just feels really comfortable. It’s exciting.”
“It was just really cool to see hard work kind of be put together, you know, to kind of happen,” Riske continued. “It was really cool for me. I have such a great support team behind me. They’re kind of like my family. So for them to be there with me was really special.”
Kvitova had seven double faults and 27 unforced errors to Riske’s mere 7 errors.
“I beat her last week in New Haven,” Kvitova said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t play really long rallies, like more than three shots in the rallies. So I try to play my aggressive game, first or second shots, to have a winner.
“But she moved quite well. She pushed me to the back. So, I mean, that was tough for me.”
Kvitova admitted that she was ill during the match: “My body didn’t help me today to move little bit. So unfortunately I tried to play, tried to fight. But, yeah, my body wouldn’t let me to fight.”
The Czech thinks that she suffering from the same virus she had during Wimbledon.
“Is unlucky on the Grand Slam” said Kvitova. I will take it for this year and next year will be better.”
Asked about who is the best player ever from Pittburgh is Riske said: “I’d like to think I’m up there. I mean, I know Bjorn Fratangelo, a junior, doing great. Gretchen Rush I believe had a pretty good career. Yeah, hopefully I’m working my way up.”
Riske will meet Daniela Hantuchova for a spot in the quarterfinals.