The 24-year-old Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck has successfully defended the title in Budapest, overpowering the 8th seed Marketa Vondrousova 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in exactly two hours to lift the third WTA crown overall. A teenager led 6-1, 5-4 although she couldn't make that extra step and cross the finish line before Van Uytvanck, losing ground in the third set to finish runner-up.
The young Czech was a small favorite after the yesterday's semi-final clashes, demolishing Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-2 in just over an hour while Alison had to dig deep and give her 230% to prevail, saving five match points against Ekaterina Alexandrova to stay on the title course.
Marketa was in the better rhythm before the start of the final and she proved that in the opening set before Van Uytvanck bounced back to end her downfall and make a turnaround that brought her the title. The Belgian won just two points more than her rival, saving five out of 11 break points and breaking Marketa six times from 13 opportunities she created.
The Czech made a flying start, breaking Van Uytvanck four times in the opening set to grab it 6-1 in less than half an hour and looking good to claim the title. They traded four consecutive breaks in set number two to stay locked at 4-4, followed by two good holds on both sides and a break for Van Uytvanck that pushed her 6-5 up.
Serving for the set, the Belgian held at 30 for a 7-5 and a massive boost before the start of the decider. Marketa was a game away from the title and after failing to bring the encounter home in straight sets she faded from the court, suffering a break in games one and three in the third set to find herself 4-0 down.
Alison was on a roll now and she secured the title with a hold in game eight after saving a couple of break points, seizing the third match point to finish a grueling week with a title in her hands.