HIGH RISKE: The lone American left in the Connecticut Open singles draw has survived to the quarterfinals. Pittsburgh native Alison Riske took out sixth-seeded, 12th-ranked Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the Round of 16 to begin the Tuesday day session.
"I hope people will come out and support; that'd be awesome," said Riske, ranked 44th. "There are a lot of top players here. ¦ I'm definitely proud to be the lone American, and hopefully I can keep it going."
Pennetta said she didn't feel well, dizzy most of the match and feeling no power.
"(Riske) was really aggressive," Pennetta said. "She deserved to win today."
Riske cruised through the first set and went up a break early in the second, but Pennetta broke back and fought her way to a tiebreak.
"Obviously she's top-15 in the world," Riske said. "Once a set goes fairly quick, you can only prepare that it's going to be a tough second."
Top-seeded doubles team Cara Black and Sania Mirza survived a tough match in the afternoon against Czech sister act Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova. The Pliskovas won the first set in a tiebreaker; Black and Mirza came back to do the same in the second, then won the third-set supertiebreak 10-7.
GUYS' NIGHT: The tournament's new men's legends exhibitions begin Wednesday night with Fairfield's James Blake against Jim Courier. They'll play on Stadium Court after third-seeded Eugenie Bouchard meets Samantha Stosur. Blake faces Andy Roddick on Thursday.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO