Pedergnana Coaches Against Venus Williams on Pro Circuit
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy assistant women’s tennis coach Alessandra Pedergnana recently had the thrill of coaching against legendary tennis player Venus Williams last month at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Pedergnana’s friend, professional player Alison Riske, was slated to play against Williams in the Round of 64. Due to USTA rules about coaching against other Americans, Riske’s normal coach was not permitted to coach her against Williams, so she asked Pedergnana to fill in as her coach.
The Williams-Riske match was played on the main court and was televised live on the Tennis Channel. Williams went on to defeat Riske in two sets, 6-2, 6-0.