Alison (WTA-106) faced Renata Voracova (WTA-169) for the third time in her career in the first qualifying round in Auckland. In their two previous encounters the Belgian claimed the victory in three sets. Today she only needed two sets to secure the win.
Both in the first and in the second set there was not much difference between the players. Neither of them managed to make a decisive gap and twice the tiebreak had to decide the set. Ali was very concentrated and booked her first victory of the year 7-6(7) and 7-6(6).
In the second qualifying round Alison faces another Czech player : Lucie Hradecka (WTA-154). Three years ago she reached the top 50 but more recently she booked her best results in doubles. It will be the first meeting between the two players.