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Alison Riske: 'My dad is 100% like Robert De Niro'

Published 1154 GMT (1954 HKT) January 18, 2017
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Alison Riske made the third round of the Australian Open Tuesday after beating China's Zhang Shuai 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 6-1. The 26-year-old from Pittsburgh won her second straight grand slam match in Melbourne, having lost the first 10 at major championships in her career. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
After her win, Riske said her dad reminds her 100% of Jack Byrnes -- the character Robert De Niro plays in hit comedy 'Meet the Parents'. Her father Al is an ex Secret Service and FBI operative. Getty Images/Hulton Archive
At the moment the relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and the US Secret Services is very much under scrutiny. Riske joked her father Al has made her "paranoid to this day about everything." KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images
Zhang won the hearts of the Melbourne crowd last year when she snapped a 14 and 0 record in grand slams, shedding tears of joy and relief after beating 2014 French Open finalist Simona Halep in the first round. She eventually made the quarterfinals. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The scene on Court 3 in Melbourne as Riske and Zhang did battle. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images