In front of a packed Rod Laver Arena, Alison did her damnest to make it pretty difficult for defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to beat her. Alison can certainly look back on a good performance. Wozniacki was just that little bit better in both sets.
It was an intense match as the first four games already took a long time. Alison was playing well from the get-go, often using the drop shot to put Wozniacki off balance. That worked well, especially early on. Alison did come under a bit more pressure as the set went on. Facing break point, built up the point nicely and was also one time saved by her backhand long-line. She unfortunately double faulted on another break point. Another great backhand long-line set up a break point for Ali in the next game. She was a bit unlucky to see an attack during the next rally end up in the net. A Wozniacki serve into Ali’s body sealed things in the first set.
Alison wasn’t about to give up but she conceded a break in the third game of the second set after being up 40-15. Being down 4 games to 2, Alison showed a lot of initiative to keep the difference at one break. Wozniacki however kept serving well to keep her at bay. Alison was able to save two match points but third time was a charm for the world number three, as Alison lost 3-6 4-6.