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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a forehand in her second round match against Serena Williams of the United States of America during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens are through to a highly anticipated matchup in the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, where they're joined by a less expected American, Alison Riske. Maybe's Riske's run isn't that much of a surprise considering her recent surge. The 23-year-old Pittsburgh native came into the summer having never accomplished any of these feats: winning a match in a Grand Slam tournament, at a WTA Tour event on hard courts, or against at top-10 foe. She's now achieved all that, her latest breakthrough victory a rout of 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova on Saturday. Riske won 6-3, 6-0, taking the last eight games against the seventh-seeded Czech, who was in bed with a fever the day before. ''I've got a new confidence in myself,'' Riske said through tears in an on-court interview. ''I believe that I belong here.'' Another young American, 21-year-old Christina McHale, was one game away from matching Riske in upsetting a former major champion to reach her first Grand ...
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