It’s going really well for Alison (WTA D-123) in women’s doubles at Auckland. She and Kirsten Flipkens (WTA D-23) reached the semis after their opponents retired. A big challenge awaits: a match against Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.
Alison and Kirsten played Desirae Krawczyk (WTA D-36) from USA and Laura Siegemund (WTA D-82) from Germany in the quarter-finals. Ali and her doubles partner enjoyed the best start and led by 3 games to 1 after 4 games. Their opponents did succeed in coming right back. At 3-3, Alison and Kirsten even upped their game: they won all of the remaining games in the first set.
When Alison/Kirsten immediately led by a break in the beginning of the first set, Krawczyk and Siegemund decided to retire. This happened with the score being 6-3 1-0 for the Belgian girls. They’ll probably have to spend more energy in the semis with Williams and Wozniacki as opponents. Neither have a doubles ranking but they are of course known for great success in women’s singles. It’s the first time that the American and Danish player are a doubles duo.