PLAYER PROFILE

Alison Bai

  • Age27
  • 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

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

2014 Mildura ITF

Alison Bai in the news

Rogowska, Birrell earn Australian Open wildcards
Olivia Rogowska in action during Australian Open 2017 qualifying; Getty Images
11 November, 2017

Olivia Rogowska has won her way into the Australian Open main draw after a strong Australian Pro Tour season.
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Local Bai ousts top seed in Canberra
in action during Day five of the Apis Canberra International #ApisCBRINTL. Match was played at Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham, Canberra, ACT, Australia on Wednesday 1 November 2017. Photo: Ben Southall. #Tennis #Canberra
2 November, 2017

Alison Bai has upset top seed Arina Rodionova to reach the quarterfinals of the ITF $60,000 event in Canberra.
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Fourlis, Myers to battle for AO wildcard
Jaimee Fourlis
17 December, 2016

After Jaimee Fourlis advanced to the AO Play-off final with a straight-sets defeat of Olivia Tjandramulia, Abbie Myers beat Alison Bai in a gritty three-setter in the second…
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Bai overcomes tigerish Tomic to reach semis
Alison Bai in action during the Australian Open Play-off; photo credit Elizabeth Xue Bai
15 December, 2016

Alison Bai fended off a persistent Sara Tomic on Thursday at Melbourne Park to take her place in the semifinals of the Australian Open Play-off.
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