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Alison Van Uytvanck (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ˈœy̯tfɑŋk]; born 26 March 1994) is a Belgian professional tennis player.

Alison Van Uytvanck
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Van Uytvanck at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceGrimbergen, Belgium
Born (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 25)
Vilvoorde, Belgium
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,592,443
Official websitealisonvanuytvanck.be
Singles
Career record258–163 (61.3%)
Career titles4 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 37 (13 August 2018)
Current rankingNo. 44 (30 September 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
French OpenQF (2015)
Wimbledon4R (2018)
US Open2R (2019)
Doubles
Career record30–30
Career titles1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 106 (26 October 2015)
Current rankingNo. 557 (16 April 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2016)
French Open1R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2015)
US Open1R (2014, 2015, 2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup9–9
Last updated on: 16 April 2018.

Van Uytvanck has won four international & one 125K title on the WTA tour, as well as nine singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF tour in her career. On 26 October 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 41, and her best doubles ranking of world No. 106.

Personal lifeEdit

Van Uytvanck was born in the small town of Grimbergen to René Van Uytvanck and Krista Laemers. She started playing tennis at age 5 when her older brother Sean introduced her to the game. She also has a twin brother named Brett. Van Uytvanck graduated high school at Sint-Donatus in Merchtem. As a junior, she alternated between training with local coach Sacha Katsnelson and the Flemish Tennis Association, where she has been coached by Ann DeVries. Her tennis idol is Roger Federer, and she also admires compatriot Kim Clijsters.[1][2] Van Uytvanck is in a relationship with fellow Belgian tennis player Greet Minnen.[3][4]

CareerEdit

2011Edit

In 2011, she won 4 ITF singles titles in Vale Do Lobo (Portugal), Dijon (France), Edinburgh and Sunderland. She also reached the final in Tessenderlo (Belgium) where she lost to Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

She took part in the 2011 Brussels Open where she entered as a qualifier by defeating Margalita Chakhnashvili 6–3, 6–2 (1st round of qualifying draw), Laura Siegemund, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3 (2nd round of qualifying draw) and Hsieh Su-wei, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4 (3rd round of qualifying draw). She faced Patty Schnyder in the 1st round of the main draw and defeated her 6–3, 2–6, 6–2. In her next match against a compatriot, the Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, she ultimately lost 7–6(2), 6–4.[5]

She also qualified for the main draw at 's-Hertogenbosch, where she lost to Alexandra Dulgheru.

2012Edit

In 2012, she won a fifth ITF singles title in Glasgow, and reached the final in Kaarst (Germany). In February, she debuted in the Fed Cup against Serbia, where she was chosen by coach Ann Devries over Kirsten Flipkens in the deciding doubles rubber. Partnering Yanina Wickmayer, they lost the match (and by extension, the tie) in 3 sets.[6]

She took part in the 2012 Brussels Open where she received a wild card into the main draw. She defeated Ksenia Pervak in her first round match and then beat Chanelle Scheepers in three sets to advance to her first WTA quarterfinals, where she was defeated by top seed and world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets. Van Uytvanck went on, having more success on the ITF circuit.

2013Edit

In 2013, Van Uytvanck won her first WTA title by winning the 2013 OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open in which she defeated Dinah Pfizenmaier in the semi-finals and compatriot Yanina Wickmayer 6–4, 6–2 in the final.

2014Edit

She played in the main draw of all four of the Grand Slam tournaments and reached the second round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

2015–16: French Open quarterfinals and injuryEdit

In 2015, she reached the quarterfinal of the French Open which she lost in two sets to Timea Bacsinszky. She reached her career-high ranking of No. 41 later that year, in October. However, a growth on her right ankle resulted in her missing a number of tournaments in the 2016 clay court season, including the 2016 French Open, and her failure to defend her quarterfinalist points from 2015 caused her to fall out of the Top 100 in June 2016.[7]

2017Edit

After long injury hiatus Van Uytvanck won her first title of her career at Tournoi de Quebec beating Timea Babos 5–7, 6–4, 6–1.

2018Edit

Van Uytvanck won her second title in February at Hungarian Ladies Open defeating Dominika Cibulková in a long three-set battle in the final. She eliminated defending champion Garbine Muguruza in the second round of Wimbledon, losing just three games after dropping the first set 5–7. It was her first win over a top 10 opponent and arguably the best match performance of her career so far.[8] After a win over Anett Kontaveit in the third round, she lost in the fourth round to Daria Kasatkina.[9]

2019Edit

In February, Van Uytvanck successfully defended her title in Budapest, defeating Markéta Vondroušová in the final.[10]

In September, she won the 2019 Tashkent Open. She did not drop a set until the final, where she defeated fifth seed and 2008 champion Sorana Cîrstea in three sets.

Equipment and apparelEdit

Van Uytvanck previously played with the Prince O3 Tour racquet. She now plays with the Snauwaert Grinta 100 lite, a 100 square inch tennis racquet with 22 mm dual taper beam, 285 g weight. She has a contract with the South Korean sporting goods company Fila apparel.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (4 titles)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (4–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2017 Tournoi de Quebec, Canada International Carpet (i)   Tímea Babos 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Win 2–0 Feb 2018 Hungarian Ladies Open, Budapest International Hard (i)   Dominika Cibulková 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Win 3–0 Feb 2019 Hungarian Ladies Open, Budapest (2) International Hard (i)   Markéta Vondroušová 1–6, 7–5, 6–2
Win 4–0 Sep 2019 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Sorana Cîrstea 6–2, 4–6, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2015 Diamond Games, Antwerp, Belgium Premier Hard (i)   An-Sophie Mestach   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Win 1–1 Oct 2018 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i)   Greet Minnen   Vera Lapko
  Mandy Minella
7–6(7–3), 6–2

WTA 125K Series finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2013 WTA Taipei, Taiwan 125K Carpet (i)   Yanina Wickmayer 6–4, 6–2
Loss 1–1 Aug 2019 WTA Karlsruhe, Germany 125K Clay   Patricia Maria Țig 6–3, 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2013 WTA Taipei, Taiwan 125K Carpet (i)   Anna-Lena Friedsam   Caroline Garcia
  Yaroslava Shvedova
3–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 18 (11 titles, 7 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (8–5)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Feb 2011 ITF Vale do Lobo, Portugal 10,000 Hard   Elitsa Kostova 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Win 2–0 Mar 2011 ITF Dijon, France 10,000 Hard   Claire Feuerstein 6–2, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Apr 2011 ITF Tessenderlo, Belgium 25,000 Clay (i)   Anna-Lena Grönefeld 3–6, 5–7
Win 3–1 May 2011 ITF Edinburgh, Great Britain 10,000 Clay   Justyna Jegiołka 6–7 (5–7) , 6–4, 6–2
Win 4–1 Nov 2011 ITF Sunderland, Great Britain 10,000 Hard (i)   Tara Moore 6–4, 6–1
Win 5–1 Jan 2012 ITF Glasgow, Great Britain 10,000 Hard (i)   Francesca Stephenson 6–3, 6–1
Loss 5–2 Jan 2012 ITF Kaarst, Germany 10,000 Hard (i)   Dinah Pfizenmaier 4–6, 4–6
Loss 5–3 Oct 2012 ITF Glasgow, Great Britain 25,000 Hard (i)   Samantha Murray 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Win 6–3 Nov 2012 ITF Equeurdreville, France 25,000 Hard (i)   Julie Coin 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Win 7–3 Jan 2013 ITF Andrezieux-Boutheon, France 25,000 Hard (i)   Ana Vrljić 6–1, 6–4
Loss 7–4 Mar 2013 ITF Sunderland, Great Britain 10,000 Hard (i)   Anna-Lena Friedsam 2–6, 6–7 (4–7)
Win 8–4 Apr 2013 ITF Chiasso, Switzerland 25,000 Clay   Katarzyna Kawa 7–6 (7–2) , 6–3
Win 9–4 Sep 2013 ITF Shrewsbury, Great Britain 25,000 Hard (i)   Marta Sirotkina 7–5, 6–1
Loss 9–5 Sep 2013 ITF Loughborough, Great Britain 25,000 Hard (i)   Anna-Lena Friedsam 3–6, 0–6
Win 10–5 Jul 2016 ITF Stockton, United States 50,000 Hard   Anastasia Pivovarova 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Win 11–5 Oct 2016 ITF Las Vegas, United States 50,000 Hard   Sofia Kenin 3–6, 7–6 (7–4) , 6–2
Loss 11–6 Jun 2017 ITF Ilkley, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass   Magdaléna Rybáriková 5–7, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 11–7 Oct 2017 ITF Poitiers, France 100,000 Hard (i)   Mihaela Buzărnescu 4–6, 2–6

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2010 ITF Westende, Belgium 10,000 Hard   Irina Khromacheva   Quirine Lemoine
  Demi Schuurs
6–3, 4–6 [4–10]
Loss 0–2 Mar 2012 ITF Dijon, France 10,000 Hard (i)   Yana Sizikova   Diāna Marcinkēviča
  Despina Papamichail
5–7, 6–7(7–9)
Win 1–2 Mar 2013 ITF Croissy-Beaubourg, France 50,000 Hard (i)   Anna-Lena Friedsam   Stéphanie Foretz
  Eva Hrdinová
6–3, 6–4
Win 2–2 Jul 2016 ITF Stockton, United States 50,000 Hard   Kristýna Plíšková   Robin Anderson
  Maegan Manasse
6–2, 6–3

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

This table is current through the 2019 China Open.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 5 0–5 0%
French Open A A A 1R QF A 2R 2R 1R 0 / 5 6–5 55%
Wimbledon A A Q2 2R 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R 0 / 6 5–6 45%
US Open A A Q3 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 6 1–6 14%
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–4 4–4 0–3 1–3 4–4 2–4 0 / 22 12–22 35%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Year-End championships
WTA Finals Did not qualify 0 / 0 0–0  – 
WTA Elite Trophy[1] Did not qualify 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A 1R 2R 1R Q1 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Miami Open A A A Q1 2R 1R Q2 2R A 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Madrid Open A A A Q1 A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
China Open A A A Q2 2R A A 1R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Opens[2] A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Italian Open A A A A A A A 2R A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Canadian Open A A A A 1R A Q2 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Cincinnati Open A A A Q1 A Q1 Q1 Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Opens[3] A A A Q2 A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Career statistics
Tournaments 2 1 3 17 18 13 8 23 17 102
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4
Overall Win–Loss 1–2 2–1 1–3 10–17 19–18 4–13 8–7 19–22 18–16 3 / 102 82–99 45%
Year-end ranking 297 220 129 80 42 124 75 50 $2,616,214

Notes

  • 1 WTA Tournament of Champions was held from 2009 to 2014, when WTA Elite Trophy replaced it.
  • 2 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 3 In 2014, the Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.

Wins over top-10 playersEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2018
1.   Garbiñe Muguruza No. 3 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 2nd Round 5–7, 6–2, 6–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biography". Alison Van Uytvanck. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Alison Van Uytvanck". Samsung Open. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  3. ^ "WTA love match: Alison Van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen". Women's Tennis Blog. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Madeline (5 July 2019). "Lesbian Couple Makes History Playing Together at Wimbledon". Time. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ Alison Van Uytvanck in the Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved on 27 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Fed Cup Result Page".
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Van Uytvanck on Muguruza upset: 'I was in the zone'". 5 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Kasatkina makes Van Uytvanck comeback to move into first Wimbledon QF". 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Van Uytvanck completes battling Budapest defence with comeback over Vondrousova". WTA Tennis. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.

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