After a thrilling match, Alison (WTA-62) has qualified for the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in Lyon (France, International). The Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova (WTA-143) made it a difficult one for the Belgian and only gave in after three sets.
With the support of Greet Minnen (WTA-103) in the stands, Ali came back after losing the first set 3-6. In the second one she rallied 6-4 past her opponent. In the final set Alison had everything in her own hands, but Tomova fought back. A tiebreak had to decide: 7-2 for the Belgian. The game lasted no less than 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Alison doesn’t know her opponent for the quarter-finals yet. It will be Caroline Garcia (WTA-46) or fellow countryman Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA-122).
In doubles Alison (WTA D-122) and Minnen (WTA D-150) lost their first round match 6-7 (4) 4-6 to the Dutch duo Lesley Kerkhove (WTA D-114) and Bibiane Schoofs (WTA D-110).