Alison played two three-set matches at Eastbourne. She did well to beat Samantha Stosur. In the second round Alison lost to Daria Kasatkina, one of the rising stars in ladies tennis.
Alison had to recover from a big blow against Stosur. Alison ended up losing the first set by 5 games to 7 after leading 5-1. Nevertheless Ali stayed positive and led by two games to nil in the second set. Her Australian opponent tied it at 4 but Alison later managed to win the tiebreak 7-3. At 3-2 in the third set, Alison forced the deciding the break. She served out the match and beat Stosur 5-7 7-6 (7/3) 6-3.
The match against Kasatkina was always gonna be difficult but Alison did well and broke the Russian’s serve to love at 6-5. After that, the match went the other way. Alison did erase a 2-0-deficit in the second set but from that point on Kasatkina proved to be too strong. Alison lost 7-5 4-6 1-6. Either way Alison faced a couple of good tests in Eastbourne before entering Wimbledon next week.