Alison battles past Brengle to get first win of the year

Her injury in the first match of 2019 at Auckland seemed to be a thing of the past as Alison brought her fighting spirit to Hobart. She battled her way into the second round, beating Madison Brengle 7-6 (7/5) 7-5.

It was a bit unexpected Alison faced the American. Normally Mona Barthel would have been her opponent but the German retired from the tournament. Alison had the first break point in the opening game but actually condeded the first break of the match as she trailed by 4 games to 2. Three games later, Brengle served for the set but Alison was able to break back at the right time. A breaker would decide the outcome of the set. Alison enjoyed a 4-1-lead, only to see Brengle even things up at 5 all. After which Alison won the next two points to lead by 1 set to 0.

Alison was really on a roll right now and it looked like she had delivered enough blows, leading by 3 games to 0 and 2 breaks in the second. The next three games however went her opponent’s way. Ali raised her level again, wanting to finish it in two sets. At 4-4, Brengle did manage to save 7 break points. In the next games though, Alison was just too good. Ali will now play Slovakian player Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA-77) in the second round.