ASHLAND, Ky. — While the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic is preparing for its second annual tournament in Ashland later this month, one of the event’s former participants pulled off an upset that shocked the tennis world on Monday.
Alison Riske, a 29-year-old who grew up in the Pittsburgh area, knocked off No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The victory marked Riske’s first appearance in a Grand Slam quarter. It was just her third win ever against a Top 5 opponent.
Riske will face Serena Williams in the quarterfinals Tuesday.
Riske played in the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Tennis Classic in Ashland in 2005. The tournament was held from 2004 to 2008 and was resumed again in 2018 with new title sponsors Braidy Industries and Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.
The 2019 version of the Tennis Classic will again be part of the US Open Wild Card Challenge. Last year’s tournament included 14 players who played in the 2018 US Open and was embraced by the local Ashland community. It was awarded the Tournament of the Year by the Kentucky Tennis Association.
All of the Main Draw tournament matches will again be available via live scoring. The Feature Match of the Day and the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be broadcast live online at ashlandprotennis.com. All matches and activities will be at the Ashland Tennis Center July 20-28.