LINZ, Austria (AP) — Alison Riske advanced to the final of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz Thursday when fellow American Danielle Collins pulled out of their match with a right arm injury after losing the first set 7-5.
It was the only set played on semifinals day, as Simona Halep withdrew from her all-Romanian match against Jaqueline Cristian with a knee injury.
It’s the 11th career final and second of the season for Riske, after losing to Jasmine Paolini of Italy in Portoroz, Slovenia, in September.
“Honestly, I don’t have words for it,” said the 73rd-ranked American, who has two career WTA titles and was ranked 18th two years ago before various injuries forced her out for nine months.
Cristian became only the fifth “lucky loser” since 2000 to reach a WTA final. The previous one was American Coco Gauff, who did it at the same Austrian indoor event two years ago, and ended up winning the title.
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