Alison Riske earned a first Fed Cup victory against Andrea Petkovic to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage but with Coco Vandeweghe a set and a break up rain suspended play for the day
The USA leads Germany 1-0 in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round action on a rainy day at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui, Hawaii on Saturday.
Alison Riske lifted the USA to a 1-0 lead when she won her first career Fed Cup singles match 76(10) 62 over Andrea Petkovic of Germany.
American Coco Vandeweghe, who recently journeyed to her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open, led Julia Goerges 63 3-1 when driving rain suspended play for the remainder of the day.
To compound the German’s situation, Goerges was just starting to serve the fifth game of the second set when she slipped on the court. It looked as if she tweaked her left knee.
There were a couple of short rain delays earlier in the one hour and 41 minute match, most notably at 3-3 in the first set tiebreaker, before the rain entirely suspended play.
The first set tiebreaker was a long 22-points with Petkovic having two set points, but Riske finally scoring on a fourth set point when the German netted a backhand.
“I think it was a good quality match, especially in the first set,” Petkovic said. “(The second set tiebreaker) was really the tipping point, I think, of the whole match. I had a lot of chances to close it out, and then Alison played a really great second set and didn’t give me a lot of chances.”