No duel between ex-lovers Alison Van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen in Linz

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There will be no Belgian quarterfinal at the WTA 250 tournament in Linz, Austria. Greet Minnen (WTA 74) lost in her second round after one hour and six minutes of tennis in two sets (6-1 and 6-2) to American Danielle Rose Collins (WTA 29), the third seed. Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 69). earlier in the day settled in two sets (6-0 and 6-2) with Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko (WTA 132).

Werner BourlezSource: BELGIAN

“I am very satisfied”, responded Van Uytvanck after her victory. “I’ve already played two good games here. It’s nice to start the last week of the season like this and to achieve a good result. I feel very good on this indoor hard court, it is one of my favorite surfaces. I am delighted with my level and the way I handled the race. I always try to peak one last time at the end of the season. In Nur-Sultan (where she won her fifth WTA title in early October, ed.) it worked wonderfully well, hopefully I will get far here.”

In 2018, Van Uytvanck was already a semi-finalist in Linz. To do well this time, she has to pass American third seed Danielle Collins, who eliminated Greet Minnen (Van Uytvanck’s ex) 6-1 and 6-2. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. I will concentrate on my own game and try to maintain the level of the past matches. That can take me far. In any case, I will give my all one last time in this last tournament of the season.”

Emma Raducanu out

If Van Uytvanck reaches the semi-finals, she will certainly not face Emma Raducanu (WTA 20). The eighteen-year-old British, the surprising laureate of the US Open, was the first seed in Austria but lost in the second round to the Chinese Xinyu Wang (WTA 106) on Tuesday evening. The twenty-year-old qualifier sidelined Raducanu in three sets. It became 6-1, 6-7 (0/7) and 7-5 after more than 2.5 hours of tennis. Wang will face American Alison Riske (WTA 73) in the quarterfinals.


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