Alison is not among the eight players in the quarter-finals at ‘s Hertogenbosch. Leading a set and a break eventually wasn’t enough. Even in the tiebreak of the second set there were still opportunities but Kuzmova won the breaker and that turned out to be a key moment.
For seven games both players stayed on serve. Until Ali’s deep backhand return forced Kuzmova into an error which led to the first break. Alison convincingly served out the first set. She won the next game to love by hitting an ace outwide on set point.
Things looked really well when Alison broke her opponent’s serve again and led 2-0 in the second set. Kuzmova answered the call by, just as Alison did, winning five straight games. Alison had a positive response as well: she then won the next three games to make it five all. Alison also won the first two points in the tiebreak. Kuzmova returned well and the next five points went her way. Alison did well to hit a deep slice and save one break point but a double fault ended the set.
The momentum had shifted and Kuzmova broke Ali’s serve with a backhand winner down the line. The Slovakian extended her lead and wrapped things up with a forehand cross-court. Alison lost 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 2-6. For Alison, the Mallorca Open is up next.