Having to face Dubai champion Belinda Bencic in the second round, Alison was up against a tough opponent in her second round match at Indian Wells. It showed, despite the fact that Alison made it difficult for the Swiss player early on.
Alison did a better job than Bencic on the second serve. Twice, Alison got her nose in front. The first two times that she lost her servicegame, she broke back immediately. At 4-4, it was still all to play for. Alison lost the next game despite having a 30-0-lead. Bencic seized on the opportunity to serve out the set.
By accomplishing this, the favourite in this match gained a lot of confidence and it showed in the second set. Alison did manage to win the opening game but all the other games went Bencic’ way. Ali had to accept defeat: she lost 4-6 1-6 after 1h12mins.