Ali will face Kenin or Kozlova after first round win at Mallorca

Alison continues grass season on the courts of Mallorca. She was able to reach the second round after beating Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-4 6-2. Next up is Sofia Kenin or Kateryna Kozlova.

Sabalenka enjoyed the better start in the first round match. The player from Belarus, who’s one position higher than Alison on the rankings, won three straight games to lead four games to one. Alison held her serve each time from that point on but the one break was enough for Sabalenka to prevail in the first set.

It was a different story in the remainder of the match as Alison seized control. In both the second and the third set things were tied at 2-2 before Alison was able to put some distance between her and her opponent. One break would do in the second set but in the third two breaks gave Alison a clear advantage as she fought her way into the second round. There she will face either an American qualifier in Kenin or an opponent from Ukraine in Kozlova.