The third match of the year was immediately a confrontation with two singles Grand Slam champions. It was in a doubles match that Alison (WTA D-123) alongside Kirsten Flipkens (WTA D-23) faced Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Ali and Kirsten had three set points but ended up losing in two sets.
There was of course a lot of respect for their opponents and it was there to see in the first three games. The answer from Alison and Kirsten was impressive: they immediately made it 3 all. In the remainder of the set, things were very close. At 5-4, Alison and Kirsten even had the first set point. Williams and Wozniacki were able to stand tall in the next rally and the deciding point of the game. In the tie-break, Williams and Woznniacki first had three set points and then Alison and Kirsten had two more set points. That made it three chances in total to win the first set but it turned out to be too difficult to convert and it was the American/Danish duo that in the end won the set.
The way it turned out in the first set was crucial for what followed next. Williams and Wozniacki now had the upperhand mentally and led by 3 games to 1 in the second set. They also won the final two games of the set, which ended this match after 1h35mins. Alison and Kirsten lost 6-7 (9/11) 2-6 but can keep their head high after playing a good tournament at Auckland.