Ali comes back from behind to beat Bondarenko

Alison qualified for the second round of the Miami Open by beating Kateryna Bondarenko (WTA-73) 6-7 (3/7) 7-5 6-1. Alison came back from a set and a break down to win.

At 2-2 in the first set, Alison managed to get to first break. Despite Ali having a chance to get a double break, it was actually Bondarenko who broke right back. Alison responded by again breaking Bondarenko’s serve and got to serve for the first. Sadly, Alison lost that game to love. Alison saved two set points on her own serve to force a tie-break. Ali took the first point but then Bondarenko won five straight points. The Ukrainian player stayed in the lead to win the first set.

It didn’t look good when Alison trailed in the second set by two games to love and later by three games to one. But Alison had a much higher percentage of points won on the first serve. As a result, Alison had many more break points than her opponent. One of those break points was converted to make it three all in the second set. And yet, Bondarenko would serve for the match at 4-5. But Alison went on a big run to get the match into a deciding set.

She continued her good play and also won the first three games in the third set. This meant she had won six games straight. Winning a close game at 3-1 broke Bondarenko’s resistance. Alison went on to win the match after 2h24 mins. Agnieszka Radwanska (WTA-32) awaits in the next round.