The world truly got to know Alison Van Uytvanck Thursday night. Alison’s finest tennis was too much for 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, ranked number three in the world.
Alison played excellent from the get-go. She set a high pace and also defended well. Alison’s forehand passing meant she led by four games to two. A more difficult forehand in the next game ended up in the net and Muguruza broke back. She tied it at four and the next three games were all breaks. Muguruza then served out the set.
But Alison continued to fire off one big forehand after the other. Especially on her opponent’s second serve Alison seized her opportunities. Another huge forehand gave her the same lead than in the first set (4-2). Alison lured Muguruza to the net to seal the second set.
Alison maintained her high standard and completely outplayed Muguruza at times. Alison beat her opponent 5-7 6-2 6-1: her first victory ever against a top ten player. Bring on Kontaveit in the third round.