Alison suprises in Antwerp

Alison (WTA-102) received a wildcard for the main draw of the BNP Parisbas Fortis Diamond Games. She thanked the organization by defeating the higher ranked Magdalena Rybarikova (WTA-47).

The Belgian was clearly the better player in the first set. She served very strong and dictated the game. At 2-2 Ali got her first break chance, which she immediately converted. She did not give Rybarikova any chance to get into the match. At 5-2 she had again break opportunities and set points. Ali clinched the first set on the third set point.

In the beginning of the second set Alison had a little dip. She made more errors and the Slovakian made use of it to build a 1-3 lead. However, the Belgian rebounded quickly. She came back into the set and showed no mercy with her opponent. Alison sailed to a 6-3 victory.

In the second round the Belgian will play third seed Andrea Petkovic (WTA-12). It is the first encounter between the two players. The match is scheduled tomorrow at 20h on the center court of the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.