Alison (WTA-52) faced Polona Hercog (WTA-71) in the first round of the WTA-tournament of Toronto. Both players played each other last year in Marrakech on clay and then the Slovenian won in two sets. Also on the Canadian hardcourt Ali could not secure a victory.
Ali had to let the first set 4-6 to her opponent. In the second set she started to serve better and she did not face any break point on her own service. Ali broke Hercog twice and took the set 6-1. The Belgian, however, failed to keep up the momentum. She could not force any breakpoint in the deciding set and lost her serve once : 3-6.
In two weeks Alison will play the tournament the WTA-tournament in New Haven. This will be her last preparation tournament before the US Open.