Tennis - American Alison Riske has reached the finals of the ITF $50K event in Portland, beating countrywoman Shelby Rogers in three sets. Riske, who had a good grass court season in England last month, won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to move into the finals against fourth seed Kurumi Nara, who beat another American Grace Min in straight sets. With this win, Riske moves into the top 100 world rankings for the first time next week.
Here is a round-up of all the semi final results from the major ITF events across the globe this week -
ITF $50K Portland - Semifinals
(4)Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. (7)Grace Min (USA) 76(6) 60
(3)Alison Riske (USA) d. (5)Shelby Rogers (USA) 46 63 63
ITF $50K France - Semifinals
(4)Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Constance Sibille (FRA) 61 61
Beatriz Garcia-Vidagany (ESP) d. (JE)Ana Konjuh (CRO) 75 67(5) 64
ITF $100K Czech Republic - Semifinals
(1)Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (5)Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 60 62
Katarzyna Piter (POL) d. (2)Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 64 57 64
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.