Alison (WTA-52) was able to keep up her good form from Seoul at the WTA-tournament in Beijing. In the first round she met Anna Karolína Schmiedlova (WTA-29) for the fourth time . The Slovakian won two of these previous confrontations, but today Ali was able to equal the score.
The Belgian started well and with three breaks she quickly led 5-0. After losing her service twice, she won the first set 6-2. The same scenario was repeated in the second set. Alison got a 4-0 advantage and got two matchpoints on her own serve at 5-2. She was not able to serve it out and Schmiedlova came back to 5-4. In the next game, Ali won her service game and the set 6-4.
In the second round, Alison will meet Roberta Vinci (WTA-18) for the first time. A couple of weeks ago the Italian beat Serena Williams in the semifinals of the US Open.