Alison (WTA-93) was eliminated after a brave performance against Swiss Timea Bacsinszky (WTA-24) in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros. The Belgian fought with a lot of courage, but came just short against a strong opponent.
The Swiss started off the match very well, in no time she was up a double break and leading 3-0. Alison, supported by the crowd, fought her way back into the match. She broke back and was able to win her service game: 3-2. The set remained on serve, Alison failed to create a breakpoint at 5-4 30-30 and the number twenty-four of the world took the first set 6-4.
In the second set Ali started with fresh courage, but again the Swiss got an early lead. Alison broke back and a real battle started between both players resulting in some beautiful points and a lot of deuce-advantage-deuce situations. The set remained on serve, however, until Bacsinszky showed her best tennis at 5-5 and was able to break Alison’s serve again. The Swiss successfully served for the match and reached the semis after almost two hours of play.
Despite the loss Alison can look back on an excellent tournament, her best performance by far at a Grand Slam. She will enter the top 50 and the Belgian number once next Monday. Next Ali will start to prepare for Wimbledon and the grass season.