Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 50), Belgium on Saturday in the first round (quarterfinals) of the Fed Cup against France on edge. The 24-year-old Grimberg lost on the hard court of the Liege Country Hall of Caroline Garcia (WTA 19) in three sets: 7-6 (7/2), 4-6 and 6-2. The party lasted 2 hours and 5 minutes. France leads 1-0. This was – with the French number 1 vs the Belgian number 2 – not the must win game for the home team.
For the first time since 2013 was Belgium again for your own audience, a Fed Cup match to start, when Poland in Koksijde too strong turned out for our fellow countrymen. Alison Van Uytvanck case against Caroline Garcia the debates open. Given the ranking, the ranking and the reputation of both players was Garcia favorite for this duel, but on the Liège courts remained the difference an hour and a half long limited.
Both players kept each other in the first set to 6-6 in perfect balance, had already Wrapped up the mid just a little less effort to its storage to keep. In the seventh game, the referee – despite a fervent intervention of captain Johan Van Herck and a grumbling audience – a twijfelsituatie just a bit too generous in French advantage, making the best Belgian chance of a break wegglipte. So ran the first set on a logical tiebreaker. All that time had Uytvanck kept pace with the former number 4 of the world, but then didn’t. Soon, it was 0-4 for Garcia, her first setbal immediately converted.
Would that mental tap also in the rerun still snoozing? So it seemed initially. Garcia forced in the third game of the first breakpunt of the match, that they also immediately converted: 1-2. And just at the time that the camp in French’ advantage seemed to kampelen, moisture Of Uytvanck back with a tegenbreak: 2-2. ‘Ali had her kwaadste moments behind the back and took the camp with the conviction in my hands, bear witness to some blank games. At 5-4 and 40-15 and got Uytvanck two set points, of which the first bingo was: 6-4, 1-1 in sets.
In the third set, tilted the match again. Garcia had been in a hurry two breaks on dry land, the spot where her opponent into the air, lay gasping. How hard Of Uytvanck tried, they continued during that whole third set to run out of breath. At 1-5, there was a great miracle is needed in order to Belgium in the opening match still to be won. Van Uytvanck could have the first two matchpunten turn back, but the stable Garcia showed that considerable bonus no more scam: 2-6.
So take France a 0-1 lead. Who is the first of three match wins, qualifies for the semi-finals. The winner of the duel between France and Belgium take it during the weekend of 20 and 21 april against the winner of the encounter between Romania and the Czech republic, in Ostrava on the agenda. After two duels, both countries together in balance (1-1).