Budapest. There’s something about that place. It brings out the best in Alison. In this year’s final, Alison extended her reign by winning her second straight Hungarian Ladies Open title as she beat Markéta Vondrousova 1-6 7-5 6-2.
A fast rebreak got Alison on the scoreboard but her Czech opponent came out guns blazing. Vondrousova won six straight games. More than enough obviously to pick up the first set.
If Alison showed one thing in previous matches, it’s that she’s prepared to fight. She raised her level in the second set. Unfortunately, she was broken back twice immediately after she had won a Vondrousova servicegame. A third break however proved to be decisive and forced a third set.
Alison had now gained the advantage and kept playing her best tennis. Now, it was her turn to win six straight games. It gave her a comfortable lead in the third set: Alison went up by 4 games to 0. She would not let this excellent position get to waste. Alison converted her third match point as she went on to lift the trophy again. It’s Ali’s fourth WTA tournament win.