The moments were tense as Alison Van Uytvanck served for the match and having an 8-minute game duration, Cirstea wacked the return long, giving Van Uytvanck a second title this year winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. "Inside I was like dying especially serving out for the match..."
the Belgian had said last year after finally defeating Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon. It was her feelings and thoughts exactly on trying to close out this match. The Romanian regretted the loss as she won Tashkent 11 years ago.
She might have been more downhearted having a head-to-head 2-0 lead over the Belgian and still couldn't come up with the win. The grand slams for Van Uytvanck weren't very lucky as her best work wasn't shown at the Australian and French Opens; neither was it seen at Wimbledon and the U.S.
Open. She found it difficult to get pass the second round, with tough competition, but despite it all she shined in August at the WTA 125K at Karlsrume, Germany. She'd won the title and landed into the quarterfinals in doubles at two consecutive tournaments: The Japan and Korea Open.
She had won the Hungarian Open in February and felt quite accomplished that more titles would be coming her way this season through determination and hard work. It is her proud wins in the season against another Belgian Kirsten Flipkens at the Japan Open, Svetlana Kuznetsova at Wimbledon and Alison Riske at Indian Wells who made it to the final in Wuhan.
The Belgian seems to continue on her rampage of getting into the semis and finals of doubles and her singles game is becoming more consistent as she rackedup three titles in this season alone. She spoke of her philosophy in playing during her Wimbledon win over Muguruza saying "Anyone on a good day can beat anyone, that's what I think.
I still think the top players, their average level is higher than sub-top players." She was giving reason for her win over Muguruza and talking about herself and others saying "We are the underdogs, you know. We don't have anything to lose.
That's probably why we step up our game and go for it." Alison Van Uytvanck will take her philosophy and steam into the Asian swing, doing the best she can and confident that through hard work, the results will follow.