Alison Riske says the weight of expectation is on the USA's opponents this weekend
WTA Staff
November 9, 2018

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Alison Riske will be the second singles player on court tomorrow for the USA in the Fed Cup final as her country looks to win back-to-back competitions for the first time since the turn of the millennium.

Despite that, she thinks the Czech team - strong favorites against a less experienced American squad -will feel the weight of expectation considering that they will have a partisan home crowd in attendance.

"I definitely do like the court a lot," she told media just after the draw was made. "I'm looking forward to it. I think the pressure's on them, so it'll be a fun day."

Riske is scheduled to take on Katerina Siniakova in the second singles match on Saturday, after Barbora Strycova faces Sofia Kenin in the opener, with Siniakova partnering Krejcikova in Sunday's doubles against Danielle Collins and Nicole Melichar.

The USA Fed Cup team (Getty)
The USA Fed Cup team (Getty)

Petra Kvitova will consider her participation over the weekend after suffering from a high temperature in recent days; her illness follows Karolina Pliskova's withdrawal last week because of a leg injury.

She did, however, reassure fans that she was feeling better than she had been, and hoped to play on  Sunday despite missing out on the opening fixtures.

"We came here expecting their best players to play, so we were preparing for everyone," said captain Kathy Rinaldi. "I believe in all my players. We'll see what happens - we're prepared, we're ready to go."