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Van Uytvanck maintains perfect record in finals to win Astana title

Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck is now five for five in finals after winning the Astana Open title on Saturday

Alison van Uytvanck AI / Reuters / Panoramic

No one beats Alison van Uytvanck in a final.

The Belgian arrived in Nur-Sultan on the back of a disappointing year, with seven wins to 12 losses, but once she made it to the final, it was written in the stars that she would take the title.

Her 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Yulia Putintseva of Russia on Saturday gave her a fifth win in five finals and when the rankings are updated on Monday she’ll be back up to No 54, 17 short of her career-high.

“She started off unbelievable without making any mistakes,” Van Uytvanck said, quoted on the WTA Tour website.

“I was trying to be aggressive but it was not working. I had struggles, but I tried to be positive and get myself into the match. Even the second set was tight, but I felt more comfortable coming into net and being more aggressive.”I was struggling physically, I kept saying to myself, it’s the last set, push it, push it, push it. I didn’t expect winning today and I just gave everything – I’m so tired but so happy.”

The victory secured Van Uytvanck her first title since Tashkent in 2019 and was also her first over Putintseva in their fifth meeting.

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