Alison (WTA-132) was not able to give Belgium a first point in the Fed Cup encounter with Russia. In the Small Sports Arena Luzhniki in Moscow, she lost in two sets to Elena Vesnina (WTA-15).
Alison faced a difficult task against the higher ranked Vesnina. In the first set, the Belgian was immediately broken and the set went to Vesnina 3-6. In the second set, both players were equally matched. Alison had to serve to stay in the match at 4-5 and the Russian put on the pressure. At the first match point Vesnina was immediately successful: 4-6. The match lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes.
In the second match Elise Mertens (WTA-66) will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (WTA-16).