Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/31/13
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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