Alison (WTA-124) was not able to reach the second round in Tokyo ($ 100 000). In the first round she lost to Luksika Kumkhum (WTA-145) in two sets.
Alison won her only previous encounter with Kumkhum in 2013. In Japan she started well and got 4-2 up in the first set, but Kumkhum took four games in a row: 4-6. In the second set both players struggled with their serve. Ali did not manage to hold serve the entire set and lost it 3-6.
Next week Ali will play in Taipei.