Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Local Pro Riske Springs Upset

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Local Pro Riske Springs Upset

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Peters Township native Alison Riske upset sixth-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta, 6-1. 7-6 (3), Tuesday in the second round of the Connecticut Open, the final tuneup on the Women's Tennis Association Tour before the U.S. Open.

Riske, the only American left in the tournament, broke Pennetta's serve four times while cruising through the opening set in New Haven.

Pennetta, ranked No. 12 in the world, suffered from a bout of dizziness and saw a trainer and a doctor in between sets, but was able to bounce back from a 3-1 deficit to force the second-set tiebreaker. Riske is ranked 44th in the world and came into the tournament on a three-match losing streak.

Defending champ and top seed Simona Halep also lost, 6-2, 4-6, 6- 3, against Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.

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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open, and five-time champion Roger Federer is No. 2, meaning they could meet only in the final. Djokovic beat Federer for the title last month at Wimbledon. Federer moved up one spot from his No. 3 ranking because 2013 champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the year's final Grand Slam tournament with an injured right wrist.

* John Isner shook off a slow start to beat fellow American Bradley Klahn, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, in the second round of the Winston- Salem Open in North Carolina.

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