WTA Budapest: Alison Van Uytvanck saves five MP's to set Vondrousova clash

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WTA Budapest: Alison Van Uytvanck saves five MP's to set Vondrousova clash

The defending champion Alison Van Uytvanck is through to her third WTA final after a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over the 5th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in two hours and 15 minutes, saving five match points in the deciding set to stay on the title course!

The Russian won 12 points more than the Belgian, winning 45% of the return points and breaking Alison five times. Ekaterina faced eight break points and she lost serve four times, forging an enormous 5-2 lead in the decider before squandering her chances and miss the place in the final.

Everything worked perfectly for Alexandrova in the opening set, keeping her serve safe and breaking Van Uytvanck in games one and nine for a 6-3. Trailing 2-0 in the second set, Alison took charge, ending her downfall in the third game and breaking for the second time at 3-3 before closing the set with a hold at 15 in game ten to win it 6-4 and force a decider.

There, Alexandrova jumped into a 5-2 lead, suffering a break while serving for the match at 5-3 and wasting three match points on the return in game ten to keep the Belgian in contention. Ekaterina moved closer to the finish line again in the tie break, leading 6-4 and dropping five of the next six points to send Van Uytvanck over the finish line.

The 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova is through to the second WTA final following a dominant 6-0 6-2 triumph over the fellow teenager Anastasia Potapova in 61 minutes. Dominating with her first serve, Marketa had to play against two break points and she saved them all to mount the pressure on the other side of the net, taking almost 60% of the return points to score five breaks and march into the final.

Potapova never found the rhythm or the way to impose her shots, losing the opening set in less than 25 minutes and suffering two breaks in the third and seventh games of the second set to propel Marketa into the title match where she will be the favorite against the tired rival if she brings this level of tennis again.