Riske, Anisimova, Collins, Tomljanovic restart women’s tennis at UTR Pro Match Series

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Alison Riske, Amanda Anisimova, Danielle Collins and Ajla Tomljanovic competed on a private court in the West Palm Beach, FL area on Friday and kicked off the UTR Pro Match Series, the first live women’s tennis tournament to be broadcast internationally since the coronavirus pandemic cancelled all regularly scheduled WTA events.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – MAY 22: Danielle Collins of the United States looks on against Amanda Anisimova of the United States during the UTR Pro Match Series Day 1 on May 22, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Even in the stripped-down environment with no ballkids, no spectators, no handshakes, and no line judges, with only one chair umpire overseeing the match, the level of competition was high.

Playing the fast-paced 3 Fast 4 set format, American world No.51 Danielle Collins (UTR 13.07) beat 28th-ranked compatriot Amanda Anisimova (UTR 13.04) 4-1 4-2, while in another battle of Top 60 players, Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (UTR 12.85) dispatched world No.19 Alison Riske (UTR 13.19) 4-3(4) 4-1. To wrap up Day 1 action, Riske recovered and defeated the 18-year-old Anisimova in a nail-biter by saving two match points to earn a 0-4 4-0 4-3(6) victory.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – MAY 22: Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia returns a shot against Alison Riske of the United States during the UTR Pro Match Series Day 1 on May 22, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The UTR Pro Match Series results count globally via the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).

PLAYER LINEUP

Alison Riske – 4th-ranked American, WTA #19, UTR 13.19 (#14)
Amanda Anisimova – 5th-ranked American, WTA #28, UTR 13.04 (#33)
Danielle Collins – 8th-ranked American, WTA #51, UTR 13.07 (#28)
Ajla Tomljanovic – 2nd-ranked Australian, WTA #56, UTR 12.85 (#68)

DAY 1 STANDINGS

Danielle Collins 1-0 (d. Anisimova)
Ajla Tomljanovic 1-0 (d. Riske)
Alison Riske 1-1 (d. Anisimova)
Amanda Anisimova 0-2

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – MAY 22: Alison Riske of the United States serves to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia during the UTR Pro Match Series Day 1 on May 22, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The UTR Pro Match Series Women’s Event broadcast continues live on Tennis Channel beginning at 12 noon ET Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th for the finals and 3rd/4th place playoff.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 20th 12:00 PM ET

Alison Riske vs. Danielle Collins
Followed by Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Amanda Anisimova
Followed by Danielle Collins vs. Ajla Tomljanovic


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