At the WTA-tournament in Eastbourne Alison (WTA-134) had to face Yaroslava Shvedova (WTA-96) in the final qualifying round. Both players played each other for the first time.
In the first set Ali allowed ten break opportunities on her own service. She managed to dismiss eight of them but had to give in her service twice. She broke her opponent’s serve twice and a tiebreak had to decide who would win the set. The Belgian won the tiebreak 7-2. In the second set the Kazach put less pressure on Ali’s serve. Shvedova only got one break while Ali broke her opponent’s serve twice and won the second set 6-4.
In the first round Alison will face another qualifier, Madison Brengle (WTA-60), from the USA. It is their first encounter.