‘I’m just really offended’ – American tennis star Alison Riske talks about playing the 34-point tiebreaker in her Billie Jean King Cup debut

The Billie Jean King Cup started yesterday. World No. 43 Alison Riske is currently at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, Asheville, representing the United States in the Billie Jean King Cup. The 3rd-ranked American team plays its qualifying match against Ukraine.

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The two-day encounter began yesterday, with the teams playing their first round of singles matches. The United States won both of their singles matches. As Jesica Pegula passed Katarina Zavatska, the contest between Alison Riske and Dayana Yastremska stole the show. Going against each other in the first set, both women delivered some high quality striking, pushing the set to a tiebreaker.

At the tie-break, both players refused to back down and played an absorbing brand of tennis. Eventually, Riske won the tie-break 18-16 to win the first set. She then won the second set 7-5. After his victory, Riske expressed his thoughts on the marathon tie-break.

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Alison Riske on her 18-16 tiebreaker win

After the match, the 31-year-old American understood that it was the second longest tiebreaker in the history of the cup. While that might have been cause for celebration, Alison chose to take it on in the spirit of competition. Post the match, she joking mentioned, “I’m just really offended that this isn’t the longest No. 1 tiebreaker in history!”

Revealing her feelings while playing the tiebreaker, she further confessed, “I was thinking while I was playing it that ‘this must be something’ because it was really special.”

Going through the record books, the longest ever tiebreaker in the history of the cup dates back to 2004. tied 21-19 against Vlada Ekshibarova/ Ivanna Israilova.

Riske on USA representation at the Cup

Riske first represented the United States in 2014. Eight years later, the Pittsburgh-born player is making her fifth Cup appearance for her country this year.

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Opening up on the importance of being part of the team and the importance of winning, Riske said, “Every time I play for the USA team, I want to win. I want to win for my team. It’s always very special for me. I always feel the pressure when I play here. I’m just grateful to the fans who are here for the American team.

“Almost everyone on this team I’ve known since I was 12, so it’s really amazing to share this experience with them and have their support – it’s just the best.” she added again.

EVERETT, WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Alison Riske, Kathy Rinaldi, Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Gauff of the United States pose for a photo while celebrating their victory over Team Latvia to stand qualify for the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifier at Angel of the Winds Arena on February 08, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The United States and Ukraine will play the second day of the tie today. The first match of Day 2 will see Jessica Pegula take on Dayana Yastremska, while the second match will see Alison Riske take on Katarina Zavatska if necessary. After taking a 2-0 lead yesterday, Team USA is just hoping for one more win to book a spot in the Billie Jean King Cup final.

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