TALKING WITH... ALISON RISKE
November, 2007 continued

Q: You live pretty close to here, in Pennsylvania, but you told me you have never been to New York before.
A: "No. I never have. My parents aren't too fond of taking trips - except for tennis."

Q: And how do you like it?
A: "It's awesome!"

Q: What has been your best win?
A: "Well, it goes way backů I was eight years old and in my first tournament. The girl I was playing was ten, but this was my first tournament and I wasn't really sure what I was doing. I lost the second set after I won the first and I went off crying because I thought I lost the match, but I found out I had to go back out and play again! It gave me confidence to realize I could have a future in tennis."

"My dad was the one who got us into tennis. My brother and sister both played. I don't know if I was forced into it (laugh), but my dad really got me into it."

Q: So your dad was a tennis player?
A: "No, not really. He's not very good, but I think realizing that I could have success in it by myself without my dad pushing was the nice part about it. It helped me to keep going."

Q: What tournament did you have the most fun at?
A: "I guess it would be the U.S. Open, but I loved Berkeley. I've played that tournament previously, but that was my first time at that site. I loved Berkeley, especially meeting Billie Jean King. I thought 'it can't get any better than that!'"

Q: What tournament haven't you played yet that you are most looking forward to playing?
A: "I would definitely say Junior Wimbledon if there's a possibility of me getting in to it I think that would be a dream come true. If not, U.S. Open main draw would be OK!"

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