Alison holds off Polish teenager and reaches quarter-finals

For the second year in a row, Alison reached the quarter-finals at Budapest. She beat 17-year old Iga Swiatek 6-4 7-5 in the round of sixteen.

Despite her young age, the Polish player is already in the top 150 and she survived the qualifying rounds in Budapest. In doing so, she didn’t drop a set during her first three matches there. Something Alison was able to change. By making fewer errors, Alison was able to apply pressure. That resulted in a lead by 4 games to 2. Later on, Alison did have to save some break points. Nevertheless she managed to serve out the set.

Also in the second set, Alison played her best tennis on the key moments. At 2-2, she again broke her opponent’s serve. In the next game, Alison saved two break points. When it was time to serve out the match, Alison did have to surrender her servicegame for the very first time. She hit back immediately by breaking Swiatek’s serve again. Ali converted her first match point in the next game.