Following a hotly contested final, Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck captured the first WTA singles title of her career on Sunday at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA.
Van Uytvanck, ranked no. 98 in the world, came back to defeat third-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the championship match. With the win, she will rise to no. 68 in the world on Monday. Babos seemed on her way to winning the title up a set and with opportunities to go up a break in the second, but Van Uytvanck came storming back to come away with the victory. Babos converted just one of her eleven break point chances in the match which turned out to be the difference.
“I would have never believed that I could win here, getting to the final was already a great result. I am very happy and we are going to celebrate this win,” Van Uytvanck said after the match. “It gives me a lot of confidence, I had a lot of points to defend during this stretch and now the pressure is off and I hope to keep playing like I did here.”
This is the second straight year that the Quebec City tournament has crowned a first time champion on the WTA after Oceane Dodin of France captured the title last year.
Babos redeemed herself in the doubles final alongside her partner Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic. The pair defeated the young Canadian duo of Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine 6-3, 6-1 to take home the trophy and solidify their place amongst the top 8 teams in the world for the WTA Finals in Singapore.