Alison switched back to clay-court tennis by participating at the WTA Rabat tournament. In the first round, she convincingly beat Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-3.
Although it was definitely not so easy. In the fourth game, Alison faced a break point for the first time. A deep stroke from Parmentier forced an error from Ali, which meant it was immediately a break. Alison didn’t waste any time chasing her opponent and immediately went from 1-3 down to 3 games all. Alison had found her rythm and proved that with a couple of excellent slices. The final game of the first set was hard-fought but Alison was able to win that set anyway.
Her French opponent was competitive in the first part of the second set. After that, Alison could make the difference. A deep return from Ali at 0-30 forced an error out of Parmentier. This way, Ali had three break points in the seventh game of the second set. She only needed one. She punished her opponent’s second serve with an amazing backhand winner. A bit later, Alison converted her first match point: first a deep forehand, then a sharp backhand. Parmentier couldn’t get the ball back.