The second ‘Battle of the Belgians’ at Hiroshima has given Alison (WTA-63) fine memories. She was to strong for Kirsten Flipkens (WTA-114), with whom she played doubles with. In the singles quarter-finals, Alison lost to Mihaela Buzarnescu (WTA-125).
Alison immediately set the tone against Kirsten Flipkens by winning the three first games. From this point on, Alison put even more distance between them in the first set. At 2-2 in the second, Kirsten did succeed into creating a gap of her own. Alison just missed out on breaking back in the second set but made the difference in the third. She served out the match with a love game and won 6-2 3-6 6-3.
This way, Alison could play in the quarters against Buzarnescu, who had been in the top 20 before and showed how she got so far. Alison did start brightly however. Her 2-0-lead turned into a 2-4-deficit. Her opponent pushed on, also in the beginning of the second set. Alison did well to battle back and make it 4 all. It was the Romanian player who then made the decisive break. Alison lost 4-6 5-7.
In doubles, Alison had lost in the round of 16 with Kirsten Flipkens to the Japanese players Misaki Doi and Naoi Hibino. It was a close three-set match. Alison and Kirsten lost 6-3 4-6 [7-10].