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Canberra's Bai through to quarter-finals of Australian Open wildcard play-off

Canberra's Alison Bai booked a quarter-final spot against top seed Olivia Rogowska after coming from behind to beat Isabella Holland 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the first round of the Australian Open wildcard play-off in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Queenslander Holland dominated Bai in the first set, before the eighth seed recovered. The world No. 486 had not contested the wildcard play-offs since 2010, when injury robbed her of any chance of upsetting former star Alicia Molik in the semis.

Alison Bai helped lift the Canberra Velocity into the Asia-Pacific League finals.
Alison Bai helped lift the Canberra Velocity into the Asia-Pacific League finals. Photo: Graham Tidy

Bai told acelandtennis.com.au she plans to go on the attack on Thursday against Victorian Rogowska, who dismantled wildcard Seone Mendez 6-1, 6-0. "I haven't played her in a while and she's had an amazing year, hopefully I can come out swinging," Bai said. "She's very solid off the back, so I have to play my game and be aggressive."

Bai's Canberra Velocity teammate, Alex Nancarrow, was knocked out by Maddison Inglis 6-3, 6-1, having carried an ankle injury into the tournament sustained in Velocity's Asia Pacific Tennis League East conference title win on Friday.