PLAYER PROFILE

Alison Bai

  • Age29
  • Born18 January 1990
  • Birth PlaceCanberra, ACT
  • LivesCanberra, ACT
  • Height169 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachTony Roche
“I’ve been working hard on my fitness and my movement around the court, I feel like I’m moving much better now than I was and can cover the court much quicker.”

— Alison Bai, 15 Dec 2016

» Bai overcomes tigerish Tomic to reach semis

On court

  • began playing tennis at the age of six, encouraged by her aunt
  • knew she was good enough to pursue a professional career after representing the ACT in Bruce Cup at age 10
  • favourite surface is clay
  • among her career highlights was representing Australia in the Optus Australian Junior Fed Cup Team in 2006
  • feels her game most closely resembles Li Na’s
  • Says Shuai Zhang is the toughest opponent she has ever faced
  • Wishes she could replay her quarterfinal match at the 2014 Margaret River Pro Tour event (lost to Japan’s Rika Ozaki 3-6 6-4 7-6(0))
  • Her dream tennis scenario would be victory over a top 10 player in a night match at Rod Laver Arena
  • Professional goal is to be the best she can be, with the aim of being a top 10 player

Off court

  • enjoys catching up with friends, shopping, swimming and watching movies, her favourite of which is Sister Act
  • father is Jun Bai, a retired public servant while Alison’s mother, Alejandra Benedictors-Bai, died of breast cancer when Alison was 10
  • best piece of advice is to just keep going after it
  • her perfect day would involve breakfast at a nice cafe followed by a day of pampering (massage, nails), followed by a movie and a quiet dinner
  • would have been a lawyer if not a tennis player

Year-end singles ranking history

2017 475
2016 412
2015 323
2014 562
2013 436
2012 691
2011 607
2010 436
2009 577
2008 497
2007 498
2006 850
2005 982

Titles/Finals

Titles

2015 Mildura ITF

Finals

2018 Changsha ITF

2014 Mildura ITF

Alison Bai in the news

Aiava kicks off Toowoomba campaign
TOPSHOT - Destanee Aiava of Australia hits a backhand return to Sorana Cirstea of Romania on the final day of the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne January 10, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
8 October, 2019

Second seed Destanee Aiava moves ahead at the Australian Pro Tour in Toowoomba, while teenager Dane Sweeny ousts top-seeded Chilean in the men’s event.
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Hon returns to Canberra on a high
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27 March, 2019

Priscilla Hon successfully opens her Canberra campaign with a quick win over junior wildcard.
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Rogowska through in Canberra
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19 March, 2019

Olivia Rogowska opens her campaign with a hard-fought win over local Alison Bai.
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Biggest movers: Aussie women make gains in 2018
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7 November, 2018

Many of Australia's women have enjoyed excellent 2018 seasons, with their improvements reflected in the release of the WTA year-end rankings this week.
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