Less a fortnight after having the most successful week at a Grand Slam event of her career, Alison Riske marked another huge milestone, this one personal -- her wedding day.
Riske married her long-time partner Stephen Amritraj in Pittsburgh, PA, on Sunday, just 13 days after upsetting World No.1 Ashleigh Barty on Wimbledon's Manic Monday to reach the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career.
29-year old Riske pushed eventual finalist Serena Williams to three sets before falling in a close battle the next day. The Pittsburgh native, who also won her second career WTA singles title earlier this year on grass at s-Hertogenbosch, has risen from outside the Top 60 to World No.37 this season -- putting her just one spot off of her career-high ranking.
But as Wimbledon came to a close, Riske was preparing to head down the aisle -- a thought which might have propelled her to top-notch form during the grass-court Grand Slam event.
"I wish I could get married more often," Riske said during her press conference after beating Barty. "Maybe we'll have to renew our vows because it's worked out well having that on the horizon. I'm looking forward to it so much."
"I haven't been stressed about it really from the beginning, probably because my fiance has been doing all the work," she continued, with a laugh.
Indeed, Riske celebrated her marriage in style as she took to the dance floor for a Bollywood dance number, which India Today reported is the song "Nachde Ne Saare" from the movie "Baar Baar Dekho."
Amritraj has deep professional tennis connections as well. He played college tennis at Duke University and was ranked in the doubles Top 200 on the ATP Tour in 2008. His father Anand was Top 100 on the ATP in singles and doubles, and his uncle Vijay was Top 20 in singles and a four-time Grand Slam singles quarterfinalist.
Fellow American players Jennifer Brady, CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers, and Melanie Oudin were just a few of the people to celebrate with Riske on her big day.
And former WTA Doubles World No.1 Sania Mirza approved of Riske's dance prowess: