Budapest | Van Uytvanck upsets the top seed for title
Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck won the second title of her career when she defeated Dominika Cibulkova for the Hungarian Open title in Budapest.
The unseeded Belgian fought through a hard-fought battle to claim her 6-3 3-6 7-5 victory over the top seeded Slovak.
I had two tough service games in the third, and I was able to manage to get through that, and it was getting better and better. I was getting a little bit more confident, and I just kept fighting. I’m so happy with the win. Alison van Uytvanck
“I think we played a high level throughout the whole match,” van Uytvanck told the press afterwards. “In the beginning maybe I was a little bit better, but in the second set she was better. To turn it around in the third set, I was just hanging in there, trying to play every point as good as I could.”
But while the two combatants shared the opening two sets, the third was a battle and it wasn’t until the last minutes that the result swung an Uytvanck’s way.
Cibulkova looked the more confident during the decider, absorbing all of her opponent’s aggressive play, skilfully only to suddenly, in the eleventh game, make a couple of unforced errors saw her go 0-40 down.
She saved the first break point, but she hit long on the second and gifted van Uytvanck the chance to serve for the match and though hse forced her to deuce, she then committed another error on match-point by hitting a forehand long,
“I had two tough service games in the third, and I was able to manage to get through that, and it was getting better and better,” van Uytvanck concluded. “I was getting a little bit more confident, and I just kept fighting. I’m so happy with the win.
“[The serve] helped me,” the Belgian continued. “I mean, without the serve, I wouldn’t win this match, for sure. So that was a big bonus to my game today.”