Alison Riske claimed the Upper Austria Ladies Linz title after outlasting Jaqueline Cristian in Friday’s final. The American fought from down a set in a topsy-turvy match to claim a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win in two hours and 24 minutes.
Cristian dominated the opening set but from the second set onwards, Riske took charge of the proceedings. While Cristian did her best to make a comeback, Riske proved to be too good for her in the end. The match featured 11 breaks of serve – five on the American’s serve and six on the Romanian’s.
Upper Austria Ladies Linz: Alison Riske’s sojourn ends with the title run
After her win, Riske said, “It was a battle out there today. Honestly, I was really nervous. I felt I was able to manage my nerves at the end of the day, and I’m very proud of that because in the past I think I would have let them eat me up and I would not have been able to perform. I really hoped that I was going to end the match better than I started it. My coach was pretty adamant on the sidelines about being more aggressive, to play my game. I really tried to do that. It might not have been what I wanted it to look like, but that’s what I tried and what ultimately got me through.”
This was Riske’s third WTA title and her first since 2019. The 31-year-old also joked about her winning numbers following her triumph. “It’s awesome to win my third title. I’ve been in 11 finals, they just told me that, and I only have three titles – so the odds weren’t very good! But I’m happy to finally get another one,” said.
The Upper Austria Ladies Linz final was Alison Riske’s second this season. It was also Jaqueline Cristian’s maiden final.