Peter Township’s Alison Riske, 23, continued her dominating performance in the tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 trouncing of Yanina Wickmayer, former No. 12 in the world. Riske is into the Round of 32 with two straight-set victories over two tour veterans. She has lost only six games in two matches.
Riske, whose ranking has improved 100 spots in the past nine months, jumped out to a 3-1 lead over 6-foot Wickmayer of Belgium. Then, serving in the pivotal 5th game on Show Court 3, Riske faced her first break point of the tournament. She responded with back-to-back aces on 105-mph first serves. She won the game on the next point when Wickmayer couldn’t return a forehand.
Riske wasn’t challenged the rest of the way, facing only one other break point in the match that lasted just under one hour.
It was Riske’s second quick match in the tournament as she dispatched Elena Vesnina of Russia, ranked No. 24 in the world, 6-2, 6-2, in 58 minutes in the first round.
Next up for Riske is match against top 10-player Angelique Kerber of Germany, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2012 who is currently ranked No. 9 in the world. Kerber, who turns 26 next week, is a tour veteran, who has earned more than $5 million in her 10 years as a pro. Riske, by contrast, had barely met expenses until recently, playing primarily in the minor leagues of pro tennis since graduating from Peters Township High School in 2008.
Riske needed a courtesy wild-card entry just to get into Wimbledon in July but won two main draw matches there, then reached the Round of 16 at the U.S. Open in September. She is one of a handful of Americans left in the Australian Open and has cracked the top 50 in the rankings for the first time.