$US100 000 Biella ITF Women's Circuit Event - Biella, Italy
Women's Singles, Qualifying Draw of 32
Representing Australia, Alison Bai, unseeded
1st Round: defeated Valentina FRANCHINI (ITA) 6-1 6-2
2nd Round: defeated Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) (1/#402) 4-0 ret. inj.
3rd Round: defeated Frederica QUERICA (ITA) (7/#484) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Women's Singles, Main Draw of 32
Representing Australia, Alison Bai, unseeded qualifier
1st Round: versus Mara SANTANGELO (ITA) (WC/#282)
It was good to see Alison come through a tough part of the draw and qualify for the main draw of a $US100 000 ITF event. That means she has now plays in the main draw of $US10 000, $US25 000, $US50 000, $US75 000 and now $US100 000 events.
For her efforts, she gets three WTA points. She won't beat Santangelo (unless Mara is injured), but it will be a good experience for Alison to play against another former top 100 player overseas. I wasn't a fan of her keenness to play these bigger events, but I suppose in the long run, it is more beneficial for her.
It must also be pointed out that her win in the final round of qualifying was a good one, especially considering her recent 3 set record.
Now good luck in the main draw
She is also playing doubles, with Bilijana Pavlovic. Good luck to them both.
Week of 21st July, 2008
$US75 000 Petange ITF Women's Circuit Event - Petange, Luxemborg (ALT #7)
Week of 28th July, 2008
$US75 000 Rimini ITF Women's Circuit Event - Rimini, Italy (ALT #81)