NEW YORK –– Alison Riske’s summer came to an end Monday, but what a way to end it. A loss at Arthur Ashe Stadium, America’s show court, in the fourth round of the U.S. Open just wasn’t all that bad.
Riske, who along with Serena Williams were the remaining American women in the field, fell to veteran Daniela Hantuchova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Riske, a wild-card entry into the Open, also made the third round at Wimbledon.
“It was a great summer for me,” said the 23-year-old Riske, a Pittsburgh native. “To follow up Wimbledon with something else big was really, really cool. I look forward to playing in more tournaments, playing against the better players. I think that is what is going to be great for me.”
ITALY RISING: Italian tennis fans can count on a celebration almost every day at the U.S. Open.
The women from Italy have, once again, infiltrated a Grand Slam draw, and for the second straight year, at least one is guaranteed a spot in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows.
Flavia Pennetta defeated Simona Halep 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Monday to set up an all-Italian quarterfinal against her friend, 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci, who beat – who else? – Italian Camilia Giorgi in another fourth-round match.
“It’s going to be nice for us because one of us is going to have the chance to be in the semifinal,” Pennetta said. “In the other way, it’s always not easy to play with your friend.”
AMERICANS GONE: Tim Smyczek ran out of gas Sunday night.
The 25-year-old from Milwaukee lost 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Marcel Granollers at the Grandstand, and now, the Americans don’t have a single man in the round of 16 at their own Grand Slam for the first time since the tournament started in 1881.
“Couldn’t be much more disappointed right now, but these are the kind of situations you dream about,” Smyczek said. “It was pretty cool to be the last American in the draw for a day. Got a little taste of it.”