Rain delay hurt Alison in Nurnberg

A rain delay was a big part of the reason why Alison couldn’t reach the second round at Nuremberg. Alison led fellow compatriot Kirsten Flipkens 4-2 in the final set when play was suspended. Play continued a day later and Alison lost the set by 6 games to 7.

The first set had also ended in a tiebreak. Alison lost that one 5-7 after both players had stayed ‘on serve’.

Afterwards, Alison became clearly the better player. Flipkens kept her at bay till 2-2 but Alison then went on a 7 game win streak. That meant she won the second set 6-2 and led 3-0 in the third.

At 4-2 the rain broke Ali’s rythm and play only continued a day later. Alison was able to win the first game on the second day but Flipkens tied the score at 5 games all. Alison only won two points in the breaker. This way she lost to Flipkens 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-7 (2/7).