One set all vs Pavlyuchenkova. Alizé is playing pretty well, I must say. She usually struggles against big hitters but she was able to raise her level in the second set and also play smart. Fingers crossed!
I hope she keeps that form for the whole year, and improve some weaknesses here and there. Lost her cool and focus too fast in the first set, and lacked some cool and cleverness in the third as well. Otherwise, physically, technically and mentally, it's all there, she knows what she has to do. If she could just correct that crazy temper...
Alize beat Genie 61 62. I didn't see it but that's a great start to the year for Alize. I'm not really expecting her to repeat this in the AO where there are so many tough players, but it seems she has finally turned the corner after a fairly long period of bad form.
First round in the AO is Bojana Jovanovski who seems to be in awful form since apparently getting engaged. But the second round is Simona Halep which would be very tough.