(Belga) Alison van Uytwank (WTA 64) brought a smile to the UK on Sunday. Thus Brabancon, 27, won the ITF W100 tournament in Nottingham with $100,000, the last repeat for him before Wimbledon. The N.1 seeded Vilvoorde native in the table defeated Australian Arina Rodionova (WTA 168), 31, by qualification, 6–0, 6–4, in 1h14 of the game.
“I am very happy,” he told Belga after his victory. “It feels really good after a tough period with my knee injury. I feel like I played pretty solid lawn tennis all week. I tried to follow my shots over the net as often as possible. And my slices I was seeded N.1, but this is never a guarantee of success. I also faced Greet (Editor’s note: Minnen, her fiancé) in the semifinals, this It was not easy, as we often train together and he regularly takes sets from me. Rodionova did not make a cinema possible in this final after the loss of the first set, tried to break the rhythm in every way possible, but I managed to keep his nerves to win”. The grass is greener for Alison van Uytwank, who failed to win a match on clay this year. The Belgian LaN.2 also left Roland-Garros in socks after another three-set loss against Italian Martina Trevisan (WTA 97). “This is proof that we should always continue to believe in it,” she continued. “It’s clear that grass is a surface that suits my game, but I also lost a lot of hard matches on clay. So I was thinking the wheel could only turn. And that’s it. I finished first. The tournament after that, last week in Nottingham, where I reached the quarter-finals. Morally, it feels really good and gives me a lot of confidence watching Wimbledon”. (Belga)