Alison battles to get into Hobart main draw

Alison assured herself of a place in the Hobart main draw by beating Jana Cepelova (WTA-109) from Slovakia 6-3 4-6 7-5. In the third set Alison came back from a 2-4 and 0-30 deficit.

Both players split the first four games, after which Alison took a 4-2 lead. At a score of 5-3 she again broke Cepelova’s service to win the first set 6-3.

Cepelova wanted the roles to be reversed in the second set and she was the player who broke the serve of her opponent at 2-2. Alison had a good reaction and she immediately broke back. At 4-4 Alison lost her servicegame a second time which gave Cepelova the opportunity to serve out the set.

Cepelova kept going and immediately took an 0-2 lead at the start of the final set. Things didn’t look to good for Ali when both players arrived at the score of 2-4 and 0-30. But Alison then won thirteen of the next fifteen points and came all the way back. Alison finished things off on her second matchpoint. Van Uytvanck will enter the main draw as a qualifier and will play the German Anna-Lena Friedsam (WTA-509) on Monday in the first round. The match will be played on Court 8. Play starts at 11 am local time.