Alison Riske stuns Kiki Bertens with amazing comeback victory to claim Libema Open crown

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Alison Riske survived five match match points to stun Kiki Bertens in the final of the Libema Open.

The American was blown away early on, losing all of the first seven games in the match against.

However, she somehow managed to battle her way back to win 0-6, 7-6(7-3), 7-5 and claim her second career title.

“I’m just really proud of myself. I looked at the clock, and it was 6-0, 1-0 at 32 minutes in, and I thought, ‘I can’t possibly be bageled in a final,'” Riske said.

“I had faith that things would turn around at some point, I just wasn’t sure when.

“I thought maybe it was too late, even when I broke back to make it 4-3, but I stayed in there and I fought for every point.”

“I really respect Kiki and her coach, to be honest. I think they’ve done amazing things.

“When I was down the match points, I saved them all by winning volleys, and it was my only choice to come forward and try to finish it off.

“If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out, but I truly believed it was my only chance. I’m proud that I took that risk, and in the end, it worked to my advantage.”

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