Alison van Uytvanck on her way to Kazakhstan. Our compatriot reached the final of the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan. Van Uytvanck was too strong for Jacqueline Christian in the semi-finals in two sets: 6-3, 6-3.
Alison van Uytvanck was in the WTA semifinals for the first time this season. Against Romanian Jacqueline Christian (WTA-126), she was determined to get past the last hurdle before the final.
Law dictates against Christian and Roman broke on Love to win the first set. Van Uytvanck appeared to be rocking for a smooth victory, but Christian started to struggle with a 5-1 score.
The Romanian was full of winners and Van Uytvanck was suspicious of her, encouraged by her friend Great Menen. At 5-3, she was able to keep her serve and finish it off. After an hour and 16 minutes, the ticket for the final match entered.
Van Uytvanck: “I had a good tactical plan”
Alison van Uytvanck was relieved she could finish it. “At 5-1 she suddenly started playing very well and started to get a little nervous,” our compatriot admitted. “I’m glad I was able to give my last game.”
Before that, Van Uytvanck was the boss. “I had a good tactical plan. I wanted to play aggressive tennis: get the returns quickly and hit a lot of first serve. I had to focus on that.”
In the final, Van Uytvanck will meet local favorite Yuli Putintseva or Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson. “Maybe I’ll take a look, but I don’t think so. Anyway, it’s going to be a tough match and then I’d better recover at the hotel to do my best in the final.”
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