Take Five: Alison Riske, Caroline Dolehide finalists on grass in Nottingham
Welcome to Take Five, a weekly series on USTA.com recapping five of the biggest stories from American tennis over the last week on the professional tennis circuit. Following the French Open’s conclusion on June 5, American players took to grass courts and prepared for the upcoming Wimbledon Championships.
Alison Riske, Caroline Dolehide finalists at the Rothesay Open Nottingham
While some players rest and recover their bodies during the few short weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, many like to test their tennis skills on a new surface. Last week, the United States’ Alison Riske and Caroline Dolehide proved they can handle grass courts.
At the 2022 Rothesay Open in Nottingham, sixth-seeded Riske managed her first two matches without dropping a set. Her quarterfinal against Britain’s Harriet Dart took three sets and, due to rain, two days, but Riske still advanced to the semifinals with a definitive 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win. After downing Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in the final four, Riske competed in a third consecutive three-setter during her final against Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, but finished as runner-up in a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 final.
Still, Riske moved up five places in the WTA standings as a result of her performance. She’s now world No. 35.
Doubles specialist Caroline Dolehide, from Hinsdale, Ill., teamed with Romania’s Monica Niculescu to compete in Nottingham. The pair lost to Haddad Maia and China’s Zhang Shuai in the final, 7-6(2), 6-3.
Dolehide also lost in last year’s final alongside Australian Storm Sanders.
Jenson Brooksby hits new career-high ranking
Sacramento’s Jenson Brooksby is steadily creeping up the ATP rankings as he makes deeper dives into big tournaments.
Brooksby advanced to the fourth rounds of both the BNP Paribas and Miami Open Masters competitions earlier this year. But he’s also found success on international clay courts, making it to Round 3 in Rome. In May, he reached a previous personal best ATP ranking of world No. 34.
A month later, Brooksby is now the world No. 33 after a second-round exit at the Libema Open. At just 21 years old, he has plenty of time to sharpen his skills, adapt to grass, and compete for major titles.
Shelby Rogers moves up in singles, doubles
South Carolina’s 29-year-old Shelby Rogers has enjoyed a stellar year in both singles and doubles. She hit personal best rankings of No. 36 and No. 40, respectively, this past winter.
If her performance at this year’s Libema Open is any indication, Rogers could have a strong grass season ahead of her – perhaps even at Wimbledon, where she has yet to advance beyond the third round of singles or second round of doubles.
In the Dutch tournament’s singles semifinals, she lost to top seed Aryna Sabalenka after a tight first-set tiebreak. In doubles, she and Chilean partner Alexa Guarachi made it to the quarterfinals.
On Monday, Rogers moved up three spots to world No. 39 in singles, and seven places to No. 78 in doubles.
Maxime Cressy qualifies for Halle
World No. 63 Maxime Cressy had something of a breakout moment at this year’s Australian Open, when the Paris-born 25-year-old reached the fourth round of singles competition. He lost his Roland Garros opener.
Ahead of Wimbledon, Cressy qualified for the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle, Germany. He faces fifth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz in his opening match on Tuesday.
Sam Querrey qualifies for Queen’s Club
The top-seeded Americans at the Queen’s Club Championships this year, No. 4 Taylor Fritz and No. 8 Reilly Opelka, lost their first-round matches on Monday. The good news: There are five other U.S. players still in the draw, including qualifier Sam Querrey.
World No. 121 Querrey and three others made it through the qualifying competition over the weekend. He will now have an opportunity to shine at the prestigious ATP Tour 500 tournament. The California native will not compete in the doubles competition, though he and partner Steve Johnson did reach the men’s doubles semifinals at last year’s US Open.
Other American results from last week in professional tennis included:
- Caty McNally and Brandon Nakashima each reached the quarterfinals of the ATP and WTA 250 Libema Open. McNally previously came through qualifying to reach the main draw.
- Jack Sock reached the singles semifinals at the ATP Challenger 125 in Nottingham, while J.J. Wolf reached the same round at the USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger 100 in Orlando, Fla.
- Jessie Aney was the doubles champion at the ITF World Tennis Tour W60 in Poertschach, Austria with Anna Siskova of the Czech Republic.
- Vicky Duval and the pair of Hina Inoue and Taylor Ng were the singles and doubles finalists, respectively, at the ITF World Tennis Tour W25 in Santo Domingo, D.R. In the men's event, Jake Bhangdia and Gabriel Evans reached the doubles final.
- Dana Mathewson reached the singles quarterfinals and the doubles semifinals at the French Riviera Open, an ITF Super Series wheelchair event in Nice, France. David Wagner was runner-up in quad doubles with Andy Lapthorne and also reached the quad singles semifinals.
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