Local Bai Pipped in Canberra Doubles Final
Local Alison Bai was unable to secure a hometown title after a run to the Canberra doubles final with Lizette Cabrera.
After an impressive week on the doubles court, perennial hometown favourite Alison Bai has fallen at the final hurdle at the Apis Canberra International.
The 26-year-old, teaming up with in-form Queensland teen Lizette Cabrera, bundled out top seeds Asia Muhammad and Arina Rodionova to reach the final of the ITF $50,000 event, but had no answers for Jessica Moore and Storm Sanders on Saturday, bowing out 6-3 6-4 in tricky conditions on centre court.
“It’s obviously a little bit disappointing that we didn’t get the win today,” Bai said. “But all credit to Jess and Storm. They just put pressure on us right from the beginning and we were chasing out tails for the whole match.”
With friends and family courtside throughout the week, Bai said it was always good to do well at home. “It’s great to have this tournament in Canberra and get everyone down here and try to get people involved in tennis,” she said.
“Making the doubles final and having the win we did yesterday was great. It’s always good to get to the end of the tournament, singles or doubles, especially with the level of people playing here.”
Playing in just their third tournament together, Bai and Cabrera already have a Pro Tour title under their belt after winning in Cairns on their first outing.
“We’ve been playing really well together and hopefully we can keep it going,” Bai said. “It’s great to play with Lizette, we both enjoy ourselves out there.”
After making the doubles semifinal in 2015, and now a final this year, Bai hopes her progression continues.
“Hopefully I can do one better next year.”
With the last remaining Australians exiting the draw at the quarterfinal stage, Sunday’s singles final with be contested between top seed Risa Ozaki of Japan, on track for her second consecutive title after winning in Bendigo last week, and Italian qualifier Georgia Brescia.