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Alison Riske

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Alias: Alison Riske-Amritraj
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Bio Alison Riske, /her married name Alison Riske-Amritraj/ (born July 3, 1990) is an American professional tennis player.
She is the daughter of Al and Carol Riske and first played tennis at the age of three after her dad took her out to hit. Her father worked in the Secret Service and later as an FBI investigator, while her mother was a school teacher, but both are now retired. Her sister, Sarah, is also a tennis player who played for Vanderbilt and had a brief professional career, reaching as high as No. 372. Her brother, Dan, played college tennis for West Liberty State and is now an accountant.

Educated by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, she played the fall of 2006 for Peters Township High School, where she led the girls' tennis team to the Pennsylvania State championship and won the championship in singles. The following year, she won the USTA National Collegiate Clay Court Championship to earn a spot in the US Open qualifying draw, where she won her first match over Sorana Cîrstea before losing to Julie Ditty. She also won the ITA Summer Claycourt Championship and finished second at the USTA National Hardcourts that year. In early 2008, she earned the No. 1 ranking in her country in Girls' 18s competition. She got her first taste of the professional circuit later that year when she served as a hitting partner for the United States Fed Cup team in their semifinal against Russia.

In her early career, Riske was coached by Janice Irwin, coach of the girls' tennis team at nearby Upper St. Clair High School. She later began working with Yves Boulais, the husband of former professional Patricia Hy-Boulais, alongside her sister, Sarah. She briefly trained at the USTA training centre in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She trained with Yves Boulais at the end of 2012.
She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 20 in October 2019 and won her first WTA Tour title in October 2014 at the Tianjin Open.
Alison has won two WTA singles titles, as well as eight singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her best performances at Grand Slam tournaments include reaching the third round of the Australian Open in 2014 and 2017, the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2019 (where she defeated World No. 1 and reigning French Open champion Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round) and the fourth round of the US Open in 2013. She has had numerous career wins over current and former top 10 players such as Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitová, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwańska, Kiki Bertens, Belinda Bencic, CoCo Vandeweghe, Flavia Pennetta, Eugenie Bouchard, Garbiñe Muguruza, Angelique Kerber, Kiki Bertens, and Caroline Garcia.

In late July 2019, just a few weeks after reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon, Riske married her long-term partner Stephen Amritraj (nephew of Vijay Amritraj and son of Anand Amritraj) in her hometown Pittsburgh.
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