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Former Hilton Head resident Alison Riske to face Maria Sharapova on Saturday at Wimbledon

In this 2011 photo, Alison Riske practices at Hilton Head Plantation for a Family Circle Cup qualifier.
In this 2011 photo, Alison Riske practices at Hilton Head Plantation for a Family Circle Cup qualifier. Jay Karr -- The Island Packet

Alison Riske, who formerly trained at Hilton Head Island's Van Der Meer Academy, has reached the third round of Wimbledon for the second year in a row.

Ranked 44th in the world, Riske has a chance for some good TV exposure on Saturday. ESPN's TV coverage begins at 8 a.m.

The 23-year-old Pennsylvania native faces fifth-seeded, fifth-ranked and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in the second match on Centre Court. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal takes on Mikhail Kukushkin in the first match on Centre Court.

Riske reached the third round with wins over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (4-6, 7-5, 6-1) and Italian Camila Giorgi (7-5, 6-2).

Riske and her partner Madison Keys lost their doubles match Friday, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova.

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