Riske captures second-round match at Wimbledon
So far, so good for Alison Riske.
The Peters Township native wracked up her second consecutive singles victory at Wimbledon with a convincing 7-5, 6-2 win in straight sets over Camila Giorgi of Italy Thursday in the second round at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in London.
The victory sends Riske, ranked 44th in the world, against Maria Sharapova, the fifth seed and 2004 champion. Sharapova defeated Timea Bacsinszky of Sweden 6-2, 6-1 Saturday.
Riske, who turns 23 on July 3, disposed of Giorgi with solid serves. Riske had 40 first-service points and forced the Italian into 21 unforced errors.
Coming off a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, Riske had six aces and five service winners.
Riske will be back in action today with her doubles partner Madison Keys when the two take on Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and Anastasia Rodionova of Austria in the second round of the doubles tournament.
Keys and Riske opened the doubles event with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Petra Cetkovska the Czech Republic and Vania King of the United States.
Menawhile, Rafael Nadal came back to beat 52nd-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4, returning to the third round at the All England Club for the first time since 2011.
“I didn’t want to lose another time against a guy like this,” Toni Nadal said. “I don’t like to lose against a player I find (unprofessional).”
In 2012’s second round, Rosol was ranked 100th, and Nadal was on a streak of having reached the final in five consecutive Wimbledon appearances. The big-swinging, 6-5 Rosol played an unrepentantly risky style that day, aiming for lines and putting shots where he wanted, pulling off a five-set victory.
Rosol engaged in some gamesmanship then, including moving around while waiting to receive serves and making noise as Rafael was hitting shots. After the rematch, Rosol complained Nadal took too much time between points and lamented that the chair umpire didn’t intervene.
Three seeded men lost, including No. 13 Richard Gasquet, who wasted nine match points and was beaten by 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8. Winners included No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, No. 8 Milos Raonic, No. 9 John Isner and No. 10 Kei Nishikori among the men, and past champions Serena Williams and Sharapova among the women.
Nadal’s longtime rival, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, turned in a far more straightforward performance, delivering 25 aces in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over 103rd-ranked Gilles Muller of Luxembourg to get back to the third round, too.
Federer’s streak of 36 consecutive major quarterfinals ended at the All England Club with a second-round defeat last year, part of a tumultuous and unpredictable tournament. This year has gone more to form, so far.
“For the most part, the locker room I’m in, it still seems pretty full where all the seeded players are,” Isner said. “It’s good to see. It’s good for the tournament to have all the big names, especially the top four, still alive.”